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Youth Justice Reform Roundup December 2017

December 13, 2017

Legislative Advances
Thanks to the advocacy of NJJN member the
Youth Justice Coalition, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to divert thousands of the county’s youth away from the justice systems, connecting them instead to supportive services. More here.

NJJN’s Massachusetts member Citizens for Juvenile Justice successfully advocated for youth justice provisions to be incorporated into a sweeping criminal justice reform bill.

Thanks to the advocacy of NJJN member and Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellow, Valerie Slater of the RISE for Youth campaign and Legal Aid’s JustChildren Program juvenile justice attorney, the Chesapeake City Manager pulled the vote from consideration for a new youth prison in Chesapeake, Virginia.

NJJN’s member Juvenile Justice Initiative successfully advocated for the passage of legislation preventing expulsion of preschool and early childhood program students.

King County Executive, Dow Constantine, directed the development of a comprehensive plan to restructure youth detention around a public health approach.

Publications/Resources/Noteworthy Press
he National Juvenile Justice Network brought together a group of American youth justice advocates and practitioners with a delegation of restorative justice practitioners from Northern Ireland for a discussion on the integration of restorative justice in Northern Ireland’s youth justice system. Learn more.

NJJN member the Youth Justice Project released a report which finds that the North Carolina juvenile justice system is falling short for over 12,000 impacted children.

NJJN’s Texas members Texans Care For Children, Texas Appleseed, and the Texas Criminal Justice Coalition called for the state to close all of its remaining juvenile-justice lockups and replace them with community-based treatment and rehabilitation centers. Learn more.

The ACLU of Missouri released a report on the disturbing pattern of over-policing of schools.

A report released by Disability Rights Oregon alleges that Northern Oregon Regional Correctional Facility skirts Oregon law and uses inhumane punishments for teens who are housed there.

CLASP’s newest report, Forgotten and Left Behind: Shifting Narratives and Exploring Policy Solutions for Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults, provides key insights on centering youth voice in policy activism.

Esche Jackson, one of our current Youth Justice Leadership Institute Fellows, spoke about the criminalization of girls of color at an Atlantic panel in Los Angeles, CA.

A recent study by NJJN partner Campaign for Youth Justice details the benefits to raising the age in Missouri.

New data from OJJDP reveals that on any given day in the US, black youth are five times as likely as white youth to be incarcerated, Latinx youth are almost twice as likely, and Native American youth are three times as likely.

The Annie E. Casey Foundation launched the second edition of its KIDS COUNT® policy report, Race for Results: Building Pathways to Opportunity for all Children.

Human Impact Partners with support from NJJN member Michigan Council on Crime and Delinquency released a report evaluating the health and equity impacts of charging 17-year-olds in juvenile court rather than adult court in Michigan.

A new W. Haywood Burns Institute report reveals racial and ethnic disparities associated with direct file in California.

IHeartMedia's The Breakfast Club raised over $700,000 for Justice League NYC in #Change4Change radiothon. Justice League’s executive director Carmen Perez is an NJJN member and Youth Justice Leadership Institute alum.

The Innocence Project seeks a
State Policy Advocate.

Partnership for Safety and Justice is hiring a Program Associate.

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights seeks a Post-Conviction Counsel.

Justice Policy Institute is looking for a Communications Associate.

Move to End Violence is hiring a Co-Director.

The Council of State Governments Justice Center is hiring a Project Manager.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice is looking for a Policy and Field Relations Associate.

The Georgetown Community Research Group are looking for youth under 18 who have had contact with the police and/or the court, as well as their parent/legal guardian to participate in an hour interview about the right to an attorney in juvenile court. Parents and youth will be interviewed separately and will receive $100 for participating. If interested please call or text 571-248-1099 for more information.

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