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July 2020 Roundup

July 30, 2020
Courtney M. McSwain

COVID-19 Resources and Responses

  • Article: “Coronavirus Infecting America’s Prison Inmates 5 Times More than Outside: Study.” MSN.com, 7/8/20. The novel coronavirus is now infecting American prison inmates at a rate more than five times higher than in the overall U.S. population, and those numbers are escalating rapidly, according to a new analysis by the UCLA School of Law’s COVID-19 Behind Bars Data Project. Read more.

Anti-Racism Resource

  • Article: “Landmark Supreme Court Ruling Affirms Native American Rights in Oklahoma.” The New York Times, 7/9/20. A 5-4 decision declaring that much of eastern Oklahoma is an Indian reservation could reshape criminal justice in the area by preventing state authorities from prosecuting Native Americans. Read more.
  • Article: “The Scars of Being Policed While Black.” The New York Times, 6/30/20. Anthropologist Dr. Laurence Ralph created a video to demonstrate the torment Black teenagers feel from police interactions. Read more.


  • NJJN member Georgetown Law’s Juvenile Justice Initiative and NJJN national partner National Juvenile Defender Center will host a webinar presented by Georgetown JJI’s Professor Kris Henning and moderated by NJDC’s Mary Ann Scali: Policing as Trauma: Litigating Race, Adolescence and Trauma in a Juvenile Case. The webinar will be held on Thursday, August 20, 2020 from 3pm – 4:30pm ET. It is available free of charge to juvenile defenders, advocates, and other juvenile defense professionals. Register.


  • NJJN member Louisiana Center for Children's Rights and Human Rights for Kids filed an Amicus Brief in the Supreme Court in Edwards v. Vannoy. Earlier this year, in an opinion authored by Justice Gorsuch in Ramos v. Louisiana, the Supreme Court struck down laws allowing defendants in criminal trials to be convicted by non-unanimous juries. Edwards v. Vannoy, which will determine if the Courts Ramos decision applies to people whose cases are final. Non-unanimous juries had been a lingering vestige of the Jim Crow era and the LCCR and Human Rights for Kids brief focused on the impact of this racist law on children in particular. Research shows that 90% of the children convicted by non-unanimous were black. Read more.
  • NJJN member Voices for Georgia’s Children held a virtual town hall on school-based mental health. The event featured a Q&A on practical recommendations from skilled, working providers on what state agencies, providers, and schools can do to establish or improve school-based mental health services for kids – and how these services can look outside of the traditional in-school setting. Watch the recap.
  • The Immigrant Defense Project, has released several resources for challenging the criminalization of immigrants, including a style guide for journalists reporting at the intersection of immigration and the criminal legal system, and resources to support the work of immigrant rights advocates who are seeking to challenge criminalization. Read more.
  • NJJN member Children’s Action Alliance released a brief on Immigrant Families and COVID-19 response. Read more.
  • The youth board of the Center for Court Innovation published a recent report: “All Eyes on Us: Youth Surveillance and Social Media,” which presents findings on how social media and how police and schools use it for surveillance. Read more.
  • NJJN member Kansas Appleseed launched a one-stop shop for voter engagement this year:  Vote2020. The site we will house information, advocacy tools, events, sign-up pages, and resources about how to encourage civic engagement during this year's election cycle (and beyond). Learn more.
  • NJJN member Georgetown Juvenile Justice Clinic & Initiative, NJJN partner National Juvenile Defender Center, and the Ambassadors for Racial Justice created “Racial Justice for Youth: A Toolkit for Defenders” with resources for youth defenders nationwide. Learn more.
  • The Justice Policy Institute released of Sticker Shock 2020: The Cost of Youth Incarceration. In the study, JPI found that 40 states and Washington D.C. spend an average of $214,620 annually per youth incarcerated, with some states spending more than $500,000 per year. This amounts to a 44% increase in average costs since JPI issued its first Sticker Shock report in 2014. Read more.


  • TeamChild is seeking a full-time Director of Legal Services who will be responsible for leading and maintaining our high quality and holistic direct legal services program consistent with the organization’s values, vision and mission. The Director of Legal Services supervises four Managing Attorneys and the Juvenile Rehabilitation Institutions & Reentry Project staff and oversees the onboarding, training, and professional development of all attorney and non-attorney legal services staff. Read more.
  • The Georgia Justice Project is seeking a Criminal Defense Attorney who will assist with several different areas of work as part of the defense team, including representing clients with pending charges, removing barriers to release for individuals incarcerated at the Metro Reentry Facility and helping to develop and implement a new program to address probation issues. Read more.

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