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Juvenile Justice Initiative

518 Davis, Suite 211
Evanston, IL 60201

Phone: 847-864-1567      
Fax: 847-570-0749
Email: jji@jjustice.org
Web: www.jjustice.org
Twitter: @JJInitiative
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuvenileJusticeInitiative

Betsy Clarke
E-mail: bcjuv@aol.com

Garien Gatewood
Director of Policy Advocacy
Email: gg@jjustice.org

Kanako Ishida
Policy Research Analyst 
E-mail: ki@jjustice.org 

Organization Profile
The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) is a non-profit, non-partisan, inclusive, statewide coalition of state and local organizations, advocacy groups, legal educators, practitioners, community service providers, and child advocates supported by private donations from foundations and individuals/entities.

JJI’s mission is to transform the juvenile justice system in Illinoisby reducing reliance on confinement, enhancing fairness for all youth, and developing an adequate range of community-based resources.

JJI as a coalition establishes/joins broad-based collaborations developed around specific initiatives to achieve concrete improvements and lasting changes for youth in the justice system. JJI’s goal is to develop a statewide initiative to decrease incarceration rates and increase prevention services for youth in Illinois.


Garien-Gatewood_juvenile-justice-reformGarien Gatewood

Director of Policy Advocacy
Juvenile Justice Initiative (Illinois)


Areas of Expertise: youth reentry, policy reform, poverty, education and human rights

Bio: Garien Gatewood has worked on youth justice issues his entire career, advocating for prisoner rights, access to education, sentencing reform and constitutional rights for youth. He currently works for the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), where he focuses on creating policies and advocating for youth in the youth justice system across the state of Illinois.

Prior to joining JJI, he worked for the Children’s Law Center, where he focused on youth returning to society from youth or adult facilities, residential treatment facilities, or youth aging out of foster care. He also clerked for the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Juvenile Justice Project and the Mississippi Innocence Project, and currently serves on the board of trustees of Lighthouse Youth Services.

Locale: Illinois
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