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Youth Justice Reform Roundup October 2017

October 30, 2017

October Youth Justice Reform Roundup

Legislative Advances

California Governor Jerry Brown signed an array of important justice reform bills, many having to do with children and youth. Congratulations to NJJN members the Anti-Recidivism Coalition, California Alliance for Youth and Community Justice, and Youth Justice Coalition for advocating for these impressive bills.

  • SB 395 protects children in police custody

  • SB 394 ensures that children will not be sentenced to die in prison

  • AB 1308: Youth Offender Parole extended to include transition-age youth up to age 26

  • AB 529 requires sealing of juvenile records when petition is dismissed

  • SB 312 authorizes courts to seal records for offenses committed by children 14 years or older

  • SB 190 ends the assessment of fees on parents of youth in the juvenile justice system

  • SB 625 maintains the existing program for allowing local authorities to clear the record of youth with juvenile records who complete parole and earn an "honorable discharge."

  • SB 393 authorizes record sealing and removes barriers to employment for those arrested but never convicted of a crime.

  • SB 620 restores the ability of judges to exclude a firearm enhancement in a criminal sentence, when doing so is in the interest of justice.

  • SB 180 ends mandatory drug enhancements.

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New Hampshire passed legislation that 1) prohibits the use of handcuffs and shackles on a youth who is the subject of a juvenile delinquency petition while the youth is in a court facility occupied by members of the public; 2) prohibits a prosecutor, law enforcement officer, or other state or municipal employee from advising a youth or their parent parent or guardian to waive the right to counsel; and 3) limits the use of room confinement at the youth services center to situations in which there is an immediate risk.

Thanks to the advocacy of NJJN member, Delaware Center for Justice, Delaware Governor John Carney signed three bills aimed at helping youth affected by the criminal justice system. The legislation aims to ensure that youth have access counsel, to increase social services for youth and to divert teenagers from Superior Court.

Publications/Resources/Noteworthy Press

The Anti-Poverty Network of New Jersey released a report about racism, injustice and poverty in New Jersey.

The Sentencing Project released a three new fact sheets  on increasing racial disparities in youth incarceration for black, Latino and Native American youth.

Georgetown Law’s Center on Poverty and Inequality released a toolkit about school resource officers and girls of color.

The Council of State Government’s Justice Center released a concrete list of do’s and dont’s that policymakers and justice system leaders can use to guide policy and practice changes focused on young adults in the youth and adult justice systems.

Mother Jones Magazine released a piece in September 2017 on the growing racial disparities in youth incarceration.

The Campaign for Youth Justice released their latest  report, “Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out Of Adult Courts.”

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has released a study of justice-involved youth enrolled in Youth Advocate Programs that shows that the program succeeded in supporting justice involved youth in the community, keeping them in school, attaching them to employment and ultimately decreasing their misconduct. 


Advocates for Children and Youth is seeking a juvenile justice policy director. Learn more.

The Obama Foundation Fellowship program seeks to support outstanding civic innovators from around the world in order to amplify the impact of their work and to inspire a wave of civic innovation. Learn more.

Society for Research in Child Development is seeking applications for upcoming Federal Policy Fellowships for 2018-2019.

The Juvenile Law Center is now accepting nominations for its 2018 Leadership Prize. The Leadership Prize recognizes outstanding work on behalf of youth in the child welfare or justice systems by nominees of any profession – law, government, the arts, media, entertainment, sports or any other field.

The National Association of Counties has open positions in criminal justice, health, and early childhood development programming. Learn more.

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