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January 2020 Roundup

January 30, 2020
Courtney M. McSwain

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  • In its 50th episode of the SchoolHouse Podcast, the Communities for Just Schools Fund interviews Johann Lee, Principal of Kimball Elementary, who is leading with LOVE to educate Black children in Southeast DC. LISTEN HERE


  • The Emerging Adult Justice Project of the Columbia Justice Lab released its latest fact sheet “Raising the Upper Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction - Implications of Federal JJDPA and PREA Requirements.” In the fact sheet, authors conclude: “Neither the federal Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Act nor the Prison Rape Elimination Act pose obstacles to state proposals to raise the upper age of juvenile jurisdiction over age 18. By enacting laws that explicitly include youth over age 18 in the juvenile justice system, states can protect these youth from harm from older adults in the same way that they now protect youth under age 18.” READ MORE.

  • The Lewis Prize for Music has announced inaugural awards of $1.75 million to ten music leaders and their organizations. This recognition and support advances extraordinary work to ensure every young person has access to high-quality music learning, performance and creation opportunities. One of the winners of an Accelerator Award at $500,000 uses music to support incarcerated youth. Brandon Steppe and The David’s Harp Foundation (San Diego, CA) have developed “Beats Behind the Wall” as a pathway for incarcerated young men and women to develop job skills through music and “Beats Beyond the Wall” for their further development and employment as instructors and audio engineers upon release.

  • NJJN YJLI Alum LaShunda Hill was recently appointed Executive Director of a newly formed body in Washington, D.C. called the Students in the Care of DC Coordinating Committee (SCDC). The SCDC was created by the D.C. to establish a multi-agency/stakeholder process for improving educational access and outcomes for children, youth and young adults who come into contact with the child welfare and/or juvenile justice system in the District of Columbia. The SCDC is now seeking D.C. community members to be appointed to the SCDC. READ MORE.

  • Public Welfare today released Prioritizing the Community: Funding Alternatives to Reduce Reliance on the Justice System in Oakland. The short video highlights the incredible work leaders in Oakland are doing to resource effective community-based alternatives and lessen the city’s reliance on governmental justice systems through a focused tax initiative.

  • The National Center for Youth Opportunity and Justice (NCYOJ) announced its 2020 Train-the-Trainer event schedule for individuals to become Certified Trainers in Mental Health Training for Juvenile Justice and Crisis Intervention Teams for Youth. READ MORE

  • The Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice released its latest fact sheet, “CA Arrest Rate Falls to Record Low in Justice Reform Era.” The fact sheet shows continued declines in California’s arrest rate during the state’s justice reform era, a period marked by large-scale criminal and juvenile justice reforms. This publication draws on recently released statistics from the California Department of Justice showing that decades-long declines in arrests have continued into 2018.

  • Girls for Gender Equity released National Agenda for Black Girls with six national policy priorities that speak to the needs of cisgender and transgender Black girls and gender nonconforming Black youth. READ MORE


  • Human Rights Watch is seeking a Project Manager to lead its upcoming project on life without parole (LWOP) sentences in California. The Project Manager will work in the Children’s Rights Division based in Los Angeles and is a 12-month fixed-term, non-renewable, half-time (20 hours per week) position. SEE FULL JOB DESCRPTION.

  • TeamChild is hiring a Yakima County Staff Attorney and a Director of Legal Services. Primary job duties include providing holistic civil legal representation to youth who are at risk of or already involved in the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. Advocacy involves breaking down legal barriers to a wide array  of  community based services and  supports, including but not limited to, education, safe and stable living  situations, mental health care and medical services, and other civil rights  issues. SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION.

  • NDRN has an opening for a new staff attorney focused on criminal justice and abuse and neglect issues in institutions.  Anyone interested in the position should e-mail a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to David Hutt, Deputy Executive Director for Legal Services at david.hutt@ndrn.org (Subject: Open Staff Attorney) by: February 5, 2020. SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION.

  • The School Justice Project is seeking a summer law clerk. The position is paid and requires a minimum of 30 hours/week commitment. The Law Clerk will work alongside SJP staff to improve access to education and outcomes for older, court-involved students with disabilities. SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

  • Girls for Gender Equity seeks candidates for its 1) Alternatives to Placement Program Manager; 2) Senior Director of Campaigns; and 3) Manager of Marketing and Storytelling

  • The Alliance for Safety and Justice, is looking for a new research manager to advance the campaign goals through research, data analysis, crafting issue briefs and reports, tracking and analyzing key issues in state criminal justice and crime survivor issues. SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION.

  • The Criminal Justice Program at UCLA School of Law is seeking a full-time juvenile justice fellow to provide legal consultation to youth being referred to diversion in LA County, carry out important research and writing on juvenile diversion best practices, and develop and implement a juvenile justice know your rights project. We are looking for someone with 3-5 years of experience in juvenile justice, criminal defense, or direct legal services and they must be admitted to the California bar. This is a salaried, full-time, full benefits position. READ MORE

  • DRNC is currently seeking a Staff Attorney - Education Team (Juvenile Justice & Race Equity Focus). SEE FULL JOB DESCRIPTION

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