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Youth Justice Reform Roundup | October

October 25, 2018
Jenny Peppers/Alyson Clements

Legislative Advances/Actions

Washington State Supreme Court rules Juvenile Life Without Parole unconstitutional.

NJJN members Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC), California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice (CAYCJ), Youth Justice Coalition (YJC), pass sweeping juvenile justice legislation.

NJJN member Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative helps Cook County end the detention of youth under the age of 13.

NJJN member, Delaware Center for Justice, helped to expand civil citations program and automatic expungement.


Juvenile Law Center’s brief to U.S. Supreme Court argues excessive fines and fees could seriously harm children. Learn more.

Youth Advocate Programs shows how we can end the cycle of violence with support not incarceration. Learn more.

NJJN’s Executive Director, Sarah Bryer, discussed OJJDP’s website changes and language shifts and their impact on the treatment of youth of color. Learn more.

National Conference of State Legislatures published an article profiling state legislative changes that have enabled youth to stay out of the system and get back on track.  

The Pew Charitable Trusts published  “Steep Drop Since 2000 in Number of Facilities Confining Juveniles,” which documents the decline of youth facilities between 2000-2016.

Amnesty International published “In the Line of Fire,” which details the impact of gun violence and elevating solutions.

Advancement Project published “We Came to Learn”, a report and action kit that tackles the issue of over-policing in schools. Learn more.

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators published a new toolkit, “Facility Closures and Strategic Downsizing of Juvenile Justice Systems,” which provides guidance to help youth justice agencies: 1) close facilities in ways that meet the needs of youth, families and staff, and 2) consider such closures as a component of broader efforts to change youth justice systems.   

National Conference of State Legislatures published “Principles of Effective Juvenile Justice Policy.” Learn more and download here.


October is Youth Justice Action Month, find out how you can take action!

Girls' Justice Day is Thursday, October 25th. Raise awareness around girls in our nation's juvenile justice systems by sharing messages and images from Rights4Girls’ social media toolkit, available here.

Nineteen impacted family members gathered in Baltimore for Justice for Families’ 2018 Family Leadership Institute, held in partnership with the Youth First Initiative.

Strategies for Youth announced the Youth Voices Contest in art and writing.  Deadline to submit entries is December 15, 2018. Learn more.


The National Association of VOCA Assistance Administrators is seeking proposals for projects to promote public awareness of victims’ rights and services in communities during the 2019 National Crime Victims’ Rights Week. The NCVRW Community Awareness Projects (CAP) grants reimburse up to $6,000 in costs associated with conducting public awareness activities. Learn more and apply by November 2, 2018.

Annie E. Casey Foundation is seeking applicants for 2019–21 Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council. The application is due November 16.

The Louisiana Center for Children’s Rights is hiring experienced staff attorneys, mitigation specialists, and a mitigation supervisor.  Full job descriptions and directions on how to apply are available here.

Public Welfare Foundation is searching for Program Director, Criminal Justice Program. The deadline for submitting applications is Wednesday, October 31, 2018. Find out more.

Kansas Appleseed is hiring a Litigation Director. Learn how to apply here.

King County is accepting applications for Deputy Assistant Attorney, as well as Administrative and Legal Interns. Learn how to apply here.

Nathan Cummings Foundation Fellows (NCF) Fellowship Applications open from October 15 to December 14, 2018. Find out more.

Common Justice is seeking a Director of Programs at Common Justice. See the full posting and apply here.   

The National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild (NIPNLG) has an open position for Executive Director. The deadline is November 30, 2018. Learn how to apply here.

Society for Research in Child Development is now accepting applications for the Federal and State Policy Fellowships. Find out here to learn more.

Echoing Green is accepting applications for Echoing Green Fellowship until October 30, 2018. To apply, click here.

Centro Community Hispanic Association – Long Beach (Centro CHA Inc.) is looking for Staff Attorney (Citizenship Project). Learn more.

Vera’s Center on Youth Justice is searching for Senior Policy Analyst, specifically for the End Girls’ Incarceration Initiative. Learn more.

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