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May 2021 Roundup

May 28, 2021
Courtney M. McSwain

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 platform, toolkit 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 info@njjn.org.

Campaign Partner News: #ShutDownSequel campaign partners Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program, Children’s Rights and NJJN member Southern Poverty Law Center filed a lawsuit against Alabama Department of Human Resources for unnecessarily trapping youth in unsafe facilities like those run by Sequel.


  • Federal Legislation: In April 2020, Congress members Karen Bass (D), Tony Cardenas (D), and Bruce Westerman (R) unveiled a youth justice reform package that addresses protecting kids at the point of arrest, establishing a minimum juvenile and adult court age, and ending life without parole for children.
    Press conference announcing the federal legislation package.
    See NJJN Federal Update for full list and explanation of bills.
  • Report: The Sentencing Project released a comprehensive analysis of a growing, powerful tool to curb mass incarceration: second look policies that enable extreme sentences to be re-evaluated. The report, A Second Look at Injustice, reveals that a remarkable 25 states have recently introduced such legislation to review long sentences and reforms have advanced in jurisdictions across the country. These reforms could significantly shrink the prison population and tackle its racial disparities. Read more
  • Video: Watch Youth Action Hour - Young People Address the Nation in a powerful video special amplifying the work of young movement builders and artists. This nonpartisan event features over 30 diverse young leaders who are coming together for a powerful message on 100th day of the Biden administration. Watch.  


  • Voices for Georgia’s Children is seeking a Senior Project Management Consultant for a 3 Month Assignment to support the implementation of a competitive granting process funded by federal COVID-19 recovery and relief funds. Start date early June. Read more.

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