Members of the National Juvenile Justice Network primarily seek reform on the state and local level. These reforms can take years to push through the legislature or administration. Once new laws and policies are put into place, our members act as stewards of the reforms to insure they are implemented on time, with fidelity to the original goals and purpose, and with sufficient funding.
But their work rarely receives the recognition it deserves. To change this, we regularly spotlight individual reform campaigns. Here's our latest:
Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition
The Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition Helps Put an End to Unlimited Prosecutorial Discretion in Direct-File Cases
In this video, Kim Dvorchak, director of the Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition (an NJJN member) talks about the organization's successful campaign to end the practice of giving prosecutors unlimited discretion to charge youth in adult court.