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September 2019 Roundup

September 27, 2019


  • Encouraging news from Utah! Data published by the Utah Juvenile Justice Oversight Committee show early signs of success for Utah’s youth justice reform legislation passed in 2017. The Pew Charitable Trusts highlight shows detention admissions declined 44 percent between fiscal years 2016 and 2018, while the number of youth referred to the juvenile justice system continued a long-term decline, dropping 23 percent. In fiscal year 2018, 55 percent of all court referrals were diverted without formal court processing, up from 17 percent in fiscal year 2016. NJJN Member Utah Juvenile Defender Attorneys was instrumental in passing the 2017 legislation. Read MORE in this briefing from the Pew Charitable Trusts.  

Job/Fellowship Opportunities

  • Echoing Green has opened its 2020 Fellowship Application. The Echoing Green Fellowship is a two-year, full-time Fellowship open to people working on a plan to make the world better in a big way. Fellows receive leadership development, seed funding, and expert support to bring their ideas into fruition. Learn MORE. 

  • TeamChild is seeking a full-time staff attorney in our Yakima County office.  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. See FULL DESCRIPTION

  • Black Swan Academy and Rights 4 Girls are looking for a DC Girls Coalition Coordinator. The Black Swan Academy and Rights4Girls will serve as co-conveners of the DC Girls Coalition. The coalition is comprised of youth-serving and advocacy organizations that elevate and amplify the voices of young women and girls of color in the District of Columbia. The Coalition strives to reduce the criminalization and adultification of girls of color, by uplifting girls as leaders and building a network of organizations dedicated to advocating for and adopting policies and practices that center the needs of girls of color. See FULL DESCRIPTION.  


  • On September 25, 2019, NJJN hosted a webinar on “Pre-Booking Diversion: Why It's Needed and How to Increase Racial Equity,” with presenters Sukhdip Purewal Bopari of Human Impact Partners; Kent G. Mendoza of the Anti-Recidivism Coalition; and Kim McGill of the Youth Justice Coalition. The discussion focused on advocacy efforts to get Los Angeles County to establish an Office of Youth Diversion and Development and advance a pre-booking diversion initiative to prevent youth arrests and referrals to probation. Click HERE to find the recording and handouts.  

  • READ: 117 groups, led by The Leadership Conference and Civil Rights Corps released aVision for Justice 2020 and Beyond: A New Paradigm for Public Safetypolicy platform that proposes a unified vision for dismantling the current legal system and building a new one. NJJN is proud to have signed onto this bold vision. Read MORE.  

  • The Emerging Adult Justice Project’s Director, Lael Chester, presented at a seminar on youth diversion held by The National Academies’ Committee on Law and Justice. Lael spoke about the collateral consequences of justice involvement specific to emerging adults, recent local-level initiatives and state-level systemic reforms for emerging adult populations, and the kinds of interventions that have been successful for this age population. Finally, she compared U.S. youth justice systems to models used in several European countries. Watch presentation HERE. 

  • The Boston Globe published an article outlining perspectives on emerging adult justice reform efforts in New England. The article focuses on the proposal for Massachusetts to follow Vermont's example in raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction over the 18th birthday. NJJN member Citizens for Juvenile Justice has been active on the ground advocating for the state of Massachusetts to raise the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 21. Read Boston Globe article HERE. (Via: Emerging Adult Justice Project Newsletter) 

  • The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has completed its Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty, and will present its results to the entire United Nations on October 82019. The report’s recommendations on the administration of justice include that 14 be the minimum age of criminal responsibility. Read FULL REPORT.

  • YouthFirst released updates to its electoral advocacy toolkit: Your Vote is Your Voice: A Toolkit for Youth Justice and Electoral Advocacy. The toolkit provides the basics about how to engage in the political process; how to educate those seeking office about the issues facing youth involved in the juvenile justice system, and how to help those who care about youth justice issues register to vote and vote. Read MORE.

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