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The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) exists to support and enhance the work of state-based groups to promote the reform of America's critically flawed juvenile justice system at every level.

Through education, community-building and leadership development, NJJN enhances the capacity of juvenile justice coalitions and organizations in 39 states to press for state and federal laws, policies and practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.

We seek to return the U.S. to the core ideals that led to the formation of the juvenile court more than 100 years ago, when our country realized that youth are fundamentally and categorically different than adults.

NJJN provides strategic and substantive assistance, including:

  • Community
  • Leadership
  • Standards
  • Information
  • Tools
  • Inclusive atmosphere

Principles of Reform

NJJN and the groups it supports adhere to these principles:

  • Reduce institutionalization and racial disparity
  • Ensure access to quality counsel
  • Create smaller rehabilitative institutions and a range of community-based programs
  • Keep youth out of adult prisons
  • Maximize youth, family and community participation
  • Improve aftercare and reentry
  • Recognize and serve youth with special needs