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February 2020 Roundup

February 27, 2020
Courtney M. McSwain

Youth Justice Advances

  • California: The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to end the collection of all criminal administrative fees – including probation, courts and sheriff’s fees. The decision removes $1.8 billion in previously assessed fees. NJJN members Youth Justice Coalition and Anti-Recidivism Coalition are part of the #LetsGetFreeLA Coalition that fought hard for this victory!

Anti-Racism Resource

  • Yes! Magazine recently published, “The Language of Antiracism,” excerpted from Stay Woke: A People’s Guide to Making All Black Lives Matter by Candis Watts Smith and Tehama Lopez Bunyasi. In it, the authors provide a racial justice language guide to help facilitate nuanced conversations about race and anti-racism. READ MORE


  • The Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (CFSY) launched PROJECT WITNESS, a virtual reality film exposing the realities of childhood incarceration in the United States. Focusing on the impact of solitary confinement, the placement of teenagers in adult facilities, and life-without-parole sentences for children, #ProjectWitness centers the lived experiences of dedicated advocates to give viewers an honest look at how children are treated in the criminal justice system. The stories featured in Project Witness are real, but the experiences are depicted by actors. WATCH THE VIDEO
  • YJLI Alum and University of Pittsburgh School of Law student Chaz Arnett published the paper, “From Decarcertion to E-carceration” in May 2019, and the full paper has become available for download. The paper examines the use of electronic ankle monitors as a presumed "progressive" detention alternative in this age of bail reform and decarceration. Arnett argues I argue that the use of this surveillance technology only leads to more problems and is essentially the outsourcing of corrections into our communities. READ MORE
  • Human Impact Partners has released its latest report, “Liberating Our Health: Ending the Harms of Pretrial Incarceration and Money Bail.” The report examine the health impacts of money bail and pretrial incarceration. READ MORE
  • The Center for Law and Social Policy released, From Surviving to Thriving: Supporting Transformation, Reentry, and Connections to Employment for Young Adults with FHI 360.  This report uplifts some best reentry practices for young adults impacted by the justice system from nine communities in the Compass Rose Collaborative.

Funding Opportunities

  • The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is currently accepting applications for funding for the FY 2020 Opioid Affected Youth Initiative. This program will support the efforts of states, communities, tribal jurisdictions, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations and institutions of higher education to implement programs and strategies that identify, respond to, treat, and support children, youth, and families impacted by the opioid epidemic. LEARN MORE
  • The William T. Grant Foundation has upcoming deadlines for several of its grant:
    • The Youth Service Improvement Grants: March 12, 2020
    • Research grants on Reducing Inequality: May 6, 2020
    • Research grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence: May 6, 2020  
    • William T. Grant Scholars Awards: July 1, 2020



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