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May 2019 Roundup

May 30, 2019
Courtney McSwain


  • On May 28, South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster signed the state’s budget, which included a Raise the Age Proviso 67.14 Provisoto implement South Carolina’s law to raise the age of family court jurisdiction, allowing most 17-year-olds to receive developmentally appropriate services in the juvenile justice system instead of the adult system. Read more about Raise the Age SC 

  • NJJN released its annual publication, “2018 NJJN Member Youth Justice Advances,” which recaps the policy advances won by member organizations for youth justice reform last year. The summary outlines noticeable trends happening in states such as 1) movement towards taking youth out of adult court jurisdiction, 2) decriminalizing school discipline, and 3) enhanced diversion possibilities. Read the report to see where NJJN members were able to gain significant wins for youth justice reform across the country.  


  • The National Reentry Resource Center is hosting a webinar next week, Connecting the Dots: Lessons Learned from a Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Initiative, which will discuss the importance of taking a comprehensive approach to transforming juvenile justice systems and will feature lessons learned from officials in three states that have already endeavored to do so. 
    Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019 
    Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET 
    Register Here  


  • Thinking About Emerging Adults and Violent Crime,” which examines research on violent behavior and highlights how poor, minority youth transitioning to adulthood are disproportionately the victims of violent crime and are also shouldering the brunt of the current, repressive penal policies. 

  • Reconsidering the ‘Violent Offender’” explores how the punishment of people convicted of violent crime has intensified as incarceration rates have grown in recent decades and discusses the impact on our criminal justice system. 

  • NJJN Member New Jersey Parents Caucus and Dominican College collaborated to publish the article, “Prolonged Isolation as a Predictor of Mental Health for NJ Waived Juveniles," in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation during National Mental Health. The article builds upon prior research that has shown solitary confinement (i.e., restricted housing, isolation, or segregation) exacerbates mental illness and individuals with no previous record of mental illness begin to show signs of psychiatric symptoms as a result. The study by NJPC and Dominican College examined the relationship between mental health and segregation among 92 waived juveniles in or released from the New Jersey Department of Corrections. The results suggest a statistically significant, positive association between time spent in isolation and the number of mental illness diagnoses.  

  • Souls of Young Folk: The Disproportionate Prosecution of Black Youth as Adults in New Jersey, a new brief by the New Jersey Parents’ Caucus (NJPC), highlights the historical and social treatment of black youth in New Jersey and the emergence of the state’s youth waiver laws. Despite significant reductions in youth who are waived to adult court, racial disproportionality continues to persist. While black youth make up approximately fourteen percent of the youth population, they represent sixty-six percent of the youth waived to adult court in New Jersey. The report is long overdue and highlights a critical area for youth justice reform. 


  • NJJN is now accepting applications for our new Executive Director. Do you care about youth caught up in the justice system? Want to tackle the racial and ethnic disparities that are endemic to the justice system? Ready to lead a national network of state-based advocates seeking a racially just world in which youth and families are treated with dignity and humanity? Then join the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) today. Now beginning our fifteenth year, we are seeking a passionate, committed leader who can grow NJJN to become the foremost anti-racist, intersectional youth justice policy organization that seeks to transform our justice systems. Check out our career page or go directly to the job description 

  • The Louisiana Center for Children's Rights is hiring two mitigation specialists – one in New Orleans and one in Baton Rouge. Mitigation specialists play an integral role in the development of best practices for defense teams working with children who face life without parole sentences in Louisiana. Mitigation specialists work closely with lawyers in LCCR’s multidisciplinary model of team-based advocacy. The work of mitigation specialists is carried out mostly in the field – in private homes, schools, businesses, courthouses, and on the street – and requires creativity, perseverance, empathy, responsibility, and excellent communication skills.  

  • The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is also hiring for its Miller Staff Attorney position. The Miller Staff Attorney will directly represent children who face life without parole sentences. The Miller Staff Attorney will take responsibility for ensuring that every client receives high quality and zealous defense in accordance with the Louisiana Performance Standards for Attorneys Representing Juveniles in Life Without Parole Cases, the American Bar Association Guidelines and national best practices. View the full job description 

  • The ACLU of Michigan seeks a Deputy Director of Philanthropy. As a senior member of the development team with two direct reports, the Deputy Director of Philanthropy participates in overall department leadership and goal setting under the direction of the Director of Philanthropy. This position is ideal for someone with broad development experience and current knowledge of best practices in development operations and systems; program evaluation; relationship development, including cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship; donor strategy; direct mail; grant writing and reporting, and analytics.  

  • Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC) seeks a new Lead Statewide Organizer. The position will focus on GOTV and turning out brand new voters, helping impacted families advocate for their children in school and prison, developing campaigns and growing the movement to end the school to prison pipeline. View job description 

  • Maine Youth Justice seeks a full-time Campaign Director to lead the Maine Youth Justice campaign. MYJ is a statewide collaborative campaign focused on juvenile justice reform. Candidates will be team leaders with a passion for juvenile justice reform, creative problem-solving, and relationship-building. The Campaign Director will supervise and work in close collaboration with the other campaign staff, including a MYJ Campaign Community Outreach Coordinator at Portland Outright and a MYJ Campaign Community Outreach Coordinator at Maine Inside Out. View the full job description

  • Kansas Appleseed is looking for a new Executive Director. Learn more. 

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