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Youth Justice Reform Roundup | July

July 30, 2018
Celine Castronuovo

Legislative Advances/Actions

Thanks to the efforts of NJJN member Legal Aid Justice Center, Virginia Governor Ralph Northam signed into law two bills aimed at stemming the school-to-prison pipeline. HB 1600 limits the length of a long-term suspension, while SB 170 prohibits students in pre-k to third grade from being suspended for more than three days from school or from being expelled, except for drug and firearm offenses.

With the help of our California members, Youth Justice Coalition and the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors approved four noteworthy criminal justice motions, including a plan to bring LA County’s jails and probation camps into full compliance with the federal Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA).

With the help of numerous partner organizations, Tennessee member JustCity pushed for a Shelby County resolution stating youth should not be detained in adult facilities and pushed the Tennessee legislature to unanimously amend the state's safekeeping law to prohibit the transfer of children to adult prisons. Learn more.

NJJN member Citizens for Juvenile Justice (MA) helped pass landmark youth justice reforms in the Massachusetts legislature. The changes will set 12 as the lower age limit of juvenile jurisdiction, create expungement opportunities, create parent-child privilege, and more.

Thanks to the advocacy of NJJN member Texas Appleseed, the Texas Juvenile Justice Department announced plans to revamp their agency following allegations of physical and sexual abuse at their detention facilities. The department plans to shrink the population of youth kept in state-run lockup centers and distribute more resources into county facilities. Texas Appleseed is still pushing for the total closure of these youth facilities. 


NJJN Senior Policy Counsel Melissa Goemann published an article on how New Zealand’s adoption of restorative justice practices led to a dramatic decrease in their incarcerated youth population.

NJJN Communications Manager Josh Gordon wrote an op-ed imploring Christian faith communities to support youth justice reform.

NJJN member Citizens for Juvenile Justice (MA) released an assessment on where Massachusetts stands on the six juvenile justice policy recommendations given in a report by the Council of State Governments and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform. The report, entitled, “Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes,” outlines ways states with limited resources can lower recidivism rates.

NJJN member ACLU of Nevada released a report titled, “Youth Confinement in Nevada: Facility Assessment And Recommendations For Housing Youth Sentenced As Adults.” Their recommendations include increasing access to housing for girls in the system, integrating youth tried as adults with other incarcerated youth, and calling on the state to conduct further research on the best placement options for young people.

NJJN members Deborah Fowler and Morgan Craven of Texas Appleseed conducted a study on the number of youth referrals to the justice system in Texas and found a significant increase in student arrests following the Parkland and Santa Fe tragedies.

The National Sherrif's Association passed a resolution stating youth under age 18 should be kept in youth justice facilities instead of adult facilities.

Cara H. Drinan, law professor at Catholic University of America’s Columbus School of Law, published “The War on Kids,” a book that humanizes the experiences of youth involved in the justice system and offers suggestions for meaningful youth justice reform.

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice recently released a report titled, “Implementing Change: Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness for Young Adults.”

A new brief from the Urban Institute titled, “Transforming Closed Youth Prisons,” highlights six successful efforts at repurposing youth prisons and how other communities can transform detention centers into sustainable assets for neighborhood revitalization, job creation, and social services.

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy recently released an issue brief, Improving Outcomes for Justice-Involved Youth Through Structured Decision-Making and Diversion.

Ceres Policy Research released the new report, Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expressions (SOGIE) Data for Stanislaus County, CA.

Youth Radio just published a big investigation that's at the intersection of #metoo and juvenile justice.


NJJN member Citizens for Juvenile Justice (MA) is looking for runners to join them at the Falmouth Road Race on August 19, 2018.

NJJN member Citizens for Juvenile Justice (MA) will be hosting a forum on access to mental health services for child-welfare involved youth in the juvenile justice system on July 17, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The 2018 International Conference on Restorative Practices will be August 9-11, 2018 at Metropolitan State University in St. Paul Minnesota.

Check out Impact Justice’s Sujatha Baliga in a episode of the HBO show, “Problem Areas.” In the episode, Baliga speaks on how Impact Justice has been working to establish restorative justice practices in communities nationwide.

Join Campaign for Youth Justice for the Youth Justice Action Month in October. Sign up here to participate in events and activities helping to elevate conversations on the need for better youth justice reform as we approach election day in November.

On October 22-25, 2018, the National Partnership for Juvenile Services will host its 24th National Symposium on Juvenile Services in Greensboro, NC. This event will bring together juvenile and human services leadership and professionals for training and the opportunity to share program approaches being implemented within the juvenile justice system nationwide.

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform recently released a request for applications for the 2018 School-Justice Partnerships and Diversion Pathways Certificate Program. The training will be held September 24-28, 2018 at the Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center.


NJJN member Children’s Action Alliance seeks a director of finance and operations.

NJJN member Voices for Children is looking for a Community Engagement Specialist. Learn more.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation seeks two communications associates. Apply here.

Annie E. Casey Foundation's Children and Family Fellowship nominations are due August 17, 2018. Learn more.

The New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services is recruiting for a deputy commissioner for youth justice until July 31, 2018. More information can be found here.

ACLU-WA is looking for a juvenile justice investigator to help document the impacts of youth incarceration and conditions of confinement throughout the state and to develop public education materials.

The Loyola University Chicago School of Law seeks applicants to fulfill a position as a postgraduate clinical teaching fellow in legislation and policy. Apply here.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hiring a senior policy analyst for their New York City or DC office. Learn more here.

PushBlack, a national nonprofit focused on Black civic engagement, is looking for a new digital organizer to assist with their criminal justice advocacy. Find out more about the position and how to apply here.

The Urban Institute is looking to fill a research associate position focused on justice reform. Click here for more information.

ACLU of PA seeks a program associate to focus on school policing/school-to-prison pipeline. Learn more.

The Pew Charitable Trusts’ Public Safety Performance Project seeks a senior associate for their juvenile justice-focused policy team in DC.

The Campaign for Youth Justice seeks a communications associate.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is looking to hire a new juvenile justice policy lead.

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