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Citizens for Juvenile Justice


44 School Street, Suite 400
Boston, MA 02108

Leon Smith, Executive Director
Phone: 617-338-1050     
Email: cfjj@cfjj.org
Web: www.cfjj.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/citizensforjuvenilejustice
Twitter: @cfjjma 

Organizational Profile

Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) is the only independent, non-profit, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. We advocate, convene, conduct research, and educate the public on important juvenile justice issues. We believe that both children in the system and public safety are best served by a fair and effective system that recognizes the ways children are different from adults and focuses primarily on their rehabilitation.
CfJJ advocates for a fair and effective juvenile justice system. Our current focus areas include raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, racial disparities, data collection, and reauthorization of JJDPA. We address other juvenile justice issues as need and opportunity arise. Our work includes:

  • Collaborating and partnering with community groups, service providers, government agencies, and other stakeholders to improve the juvenile justice system. 
  • Researching and disseminating information about juvenile justice issues. 
  • Drafting and supporting legislation and budget items in the Massachusetts legislature. 
  • Convening forums to discuss juvenile justice topics. 
  • Advising local, state, and federal policy-makers on fair and effective juvenile justice practice. 
  • Communicating with media to provide broader public education about juvenile justice issues. 
  • Serving as an independent source of information and opinions on current issues and proposed practices.



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