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January 2021 Roundup

January 31, 2021


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Youth Justice Advances 

  • OH: Governor Mike DeWine signed SB 256 into law, which grants parole eligibility to people in Ohio who are under the age of 18 at the time of their offense. It bans life-without-parole and other extreme sentences for children, making Ohio the 24th state in the country (in addition to the District of Columbia) to abolish the practice. Read more. 

  • IL: The Illinois General Assembly passed the Senate Amendment 2 to House Bill 3653, which included wide-ranging criminal justice reforms, ranging from the ending of cash bail and expanding police training on mental health and racial equity, to body camera requirements and ending mandatory minimums for low-level offenses. NJJN member Juvenile Justice Initiative has been working to educate youth justice advocates in Illinois on the impact of the measures on young people. Read NJJN’s latest state policy article to hear how JJI thinks the changes will affect youth-police relations. 


  • ProPublica and other media organizations are hosting an online event Thursday, Feb. 4 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. EST to discuss youth justice. Speakers include Grace” – the 15-year-old student who was sent to detention for not completing remote learning homework, Michigan Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Clement, Michigan Sen. Sylvia Santana and other leaders. To register, please go to: propublica.org/michiganjustice 

  • ProPublica invites information to share regarding youth justice issues, particularly about fines and fees in the justice system. If you would like to submit information, please fill out this brief formhttps://www.propublica.org/fees 

  • NJJN Member The Youth Justice Project (YJP), in partnership with Durham Beyond Policing, is formally launching a student-developed #LiberateToEducate Policy Platform and corresponding petition for implementation. The #LiberateToEducate policy platform represent a comprehensive view of educational justice that, if fully implemented, will effectively end the school-to-prison pipeline in Durham Public Schools (DPS). You can learn more about the #LiberateToEducate policy demands on the campaign website.

  • Survey: NJJN Member and YJLI Alum Maria Leon needs your feedback! If you are 18+ and work with/on behalf of system-involved youth, please take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey on the application of Social Justice Youth Development principles.

  • New Youth Justice News Coverage Resource: The New York State Youth Justice Institute has developed a news dashboard that enables users to filter and access youth justice news articles from around the world. Updated weekly, the dashboard has cataloged over 3,000 articles since January 2020. Access the dashboard here: https://bit.ly/yjinews. 


The U.S. Department of Justice has announced the fiscal year 2021 site-based grant program, entitled 
Implementing the PREA Standards, Protecting Inmates, and Safeguarding Communities. The purpose of this program is to assist confinement facilities and the agencies that oversee them in implementing prevention, identification, and response mechanisms that reduce the incidence of sexual abuse in these facilities, and to promote compliance with the PREA standards. Applications are due by April 6, 2021. Learn more about the FY 2021 site-based grant program.   
The PRC and the PREA Management Office will host an informational webinar on February 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EST to answer key questions about this opportunity. Click here to register.   


Job: The Gathering for Justice is seeking to fill two positions within its Communications Department:  

  • Digital Strategist to drive overall narrative and messaging across digital platforms and build pathways for engagement. 

  • Communications Director to shape overall narrative and messaging and develop and implement integrated communications strategies with media and across our digital platforms. Read more 

Share your news in next month's roundup! Send articles to mcswain@njjn.org

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