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March 2021 Roundup

March 30, 2021

NJJN Campaign: #RaisetheFloor #UncuffKids 

A campaign to raise the minimum age of juvenile court jurisdiction across the states. NJJN endorses a minimum age of court jurisdiction of 14, in alignment with the United Nations Conventions on the Rights of the Child. See our latest policy platformtoolkit and resources page.  

NJJN Campaign: #ShutDownSequel #StopSequel 

A campaign to shut down the for-profit youth facility management company, Sequel Youth and Family Services. NJJN Members and partners with information or interested in investigating Sequel in your state, please email 

Youth Justice Advances 

  • Kentucky: NJJN Member Kentucky Youth Advocates and other advocates in the state celebrated a recent win, with the passage of expanded court discretion when determining the transfer of youth to adult court for certain offensesinstead of the automatic transfer policy currently in place for cases involving a firearmRead more about the impact of this advance in youth justice. 

  • Virginia: NJJN Members in Virginia the Legal Aid Justice Center and RISE for Youth, along with other partners, successfully advocated for the elimination of the “pay to stay” requirement in Virginia’s Department of Juvenile Justice. This law required parents to pay “child support” costs to the state during the period of their child’s commitment to the Department of Juvenile Justice.  These costs disproportionately burdened Black and Brown communities.   

  • Virginia: NJJN Member the Legal Aid Justice Center advocated to protect a young person's statutory right to have their sentence reviewed by a judge after several years in DJJ custody.  Across the Commonwealth, prosecutors were demanding these hearings be waived by plea.  The new law ensures that youth who have been rehabilitated in the Department of Juvenile Justice have the opportunity to seek early release at a review hearing regardless of any plea terms. 

  • Mississippi: NJJN member, Southern Poverty Law Center in Mississippi helped to pass Senate Bill 2282, a landmark bill that raises the minimum age of youth detention and commitment to twelve years old. Prior to the bill’s passage children could be committed to state training schools or detention facilities at as young as ten years old. The Mississippi bill does not contain any carve outs and will become effective on July 1, 2021. 


  • The Council of State Governments Justice Center released a new report, Reducing Structural Barriers to School and Work for People with Juvenile Records that examines education- and employment-related collateral consequences that affect people following their involvement with the juvenile justice system. The report found that education and employment-related collateral consequences manifest as an opaque patchwork of policies, application requirements, and inadequate relief mechanisms that fail to ensure that people with juvenile records face few, if any, barriers to their ongoing education and employment. Read more. 

  • The Children’s Defense Fund just released a report State of America’s Children 2021.  This year’s report provides detailed information on 12 issues impacting children’s lives: child population, child poverty, income and wealth inequality, housing and homelessness, child hunger and nutrition, child health, early childhood, education, child welfare, juvenile justice, gun violence, and immigration. For each area, we include data tables that include state-by-state breakdowns and breakdowns by race and ethnicity. You can also access state factsheets on our website and a social media toolkit with graphics, messaging, and statistics to shine a light on the many ways in which our children—especially our children of color—are suffering and calling on us to do better.

Anti-Racism/Racial Justice  


  • Job: Empact Solutions is seeking a Youth Justice Data Storyteller to translatcomplex data needs into valuable and accessible data visuals all in the interest of inspiring positive change throughout our youth justice systemsIf you care about social justice, recognize the power of data to inform social change, and you enjoy developing data visualizations that help to illuminate and inspire action then please read on! Full job description.

  • NJJN Member Team Child is hiring a staff attorney for its Pierce County office! See full job description 

  • The National Juvenile Defender Center is looking for a passionate, skilled, and experienced person to fill the organization’s Senior Staff Attorney position. NJDC is a national organization dedicated to supporting youth defenders and improving the lives of children who are funneled into the juvenile court system, all while using a racial justice lens. Full job description 

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