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Youth Justice Reform Roundup | February, 2015

February 4, 2015

Member Publications


  • School Suspensions also harm "well-behaved" kids - by Jane Meredith Adams, January 8, 2015, EdSource. Defenders of exclusionary school discipline say it helps the remaining kids learn: not so, according to a study of 17,000 students in Kentucky. 
  • Effectiveness of the Cure Violence Model in New York City - John Jay Research & Evaluation Center - Jan. 16, 2015. Researchers at John Jay looked at data from several neighborhoods in New York and found that the presence of Cure Violence programs was associated with an 18 percent drop between 2010 and 2013, while homicides in the comparison areas were 69 percent higher in 2013 than in 2010.

News, Publications, and Web Resources

  • How to Meet With Members of Congress  - A report on effective advocacy that's reportedly pretty interesting, although not necessarily news. You have to leave your name and email to get the report.  
  • Enhancing Law Enforcement’s Response to Victims. Are your local law enforcement folks aware of this joint project of the federal Office of Victims of Crime and the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP)? Includes a strategy, implementation guide, resource toolkit, and training supplement. 
  • Black Lives Matter: Eliminating Racial Inequity in the Criminal Justice System, The Sentencing Project, Feb. 2015. The report identifies four key features of the criminal justice system that produce racially unequal outcomes, beyond the conditions of socioeconomic inequality that contribute to higher rates of some crimes in marginalized communities, and showcases initiatives to abate these sources of inequity in adult and juvenile justice systems around the country.

(Some) Justice Media Coverage of Note


  • Webinar Feb. 5: The JJDPA: Updating Federal Law to Reflect New Reforms (co-sponsored by NJJN and the Coalition for Juvenile Justice) - The juvenile justice field has come a long way since the JJDPA was first enacted, and even since 2002, when it was last reauthorized. Please join us for an overview of how this legislation has helped drive reform at the state and local levels. We will also discuss how we can help ensure that federal policy reflects the new knowledge, advancements, and promising practices from the field, and how a reauthorized JJDPA might change the future landscape of juvenile justice practice. Speakers include Lara Quint from the office of U.S. Senator Whitehouse, and Bob Schwartz of the Juvenile Law Center. Register here.
  • Application Deadline Feb. 13: Casey Foundation Youth Advisory Council - The Juvenile Justice Strategy Group of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is looking to establish an advisory council of young adults currently or formerly involved in the juvenile justice system to strengthen their work, from JDAI to newer endeavors.  Apply here. Questions? Contact Alexandra Frank at afrank@aecf.org.
  • Casey Foundation Youth Advisory Council, Application Deadline Feb. 13 - The Juvenile Justice Strategy Group of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is looking to establish an advisory council of young adults currently or formerly involved in the juvenile justice system to strengthen their work, from JDAI to newer endeavors (e.g., “deep end” reform, probation transformation, etc. Info attached; apply here. Questions? Contact Alexandra Frank at afrank@aecf.org or by phone at 410-547-3676.
  • WEBINAR Feb. 18, 2-3:30 pm EST: Take Care of Yourself - Identifying & Responding to Caregiver Compassion Fatigue. Compassion Fatigue is the cumulative physical, emotional, and psychological effects of exposure to traumatic stories or events and/or suffering when working in a helping capacity.  It is a condition that affects individuals who work in helping professions.  Professionals working with youth involved in the juvenile justice system are particularly vulnerable to this condition.  The purpose of this presentation is to familiarize the participant with the various signs and symptoms associated with this condition as well as resiliency and recovery strategies for staff. Register here.  
  • 2015 Youth in Custody Certificate ProgramDeadline Apr 17, 2015 - Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. The Youth in Custody Certificate Program serves as a venue that offers leaders the opportunity to develop capacity, effectuate change, and sustain and build on system improvements over time. While the need for a continuum of services and placements throughout the juvenile justice system provides the context for this work, the program focuses on youth in post-adjudication custody.  After completing the program, participants will be responsible for the development of a capstone project -- a set of actions each participant will design and undertake within their organization or community to initiate or continue collaborative efforts related to youth in custody.   
  • Register Now for June 10-13 CJJ Annual Conference: CJJ's annual conference, "At the Forefront: Emerging Challenges and Solutions to Reforming Juvenile Justice," will be held at The Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC and co-hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). Learn more and register here.

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