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The National Juvenile Justice Network responds to emerging and salient needs in the juvenile justice reform field through a variety of publications. Policy platforms represent the consensus recommendations of the NJJN membership on relevant issues. Fact sheets and research summaries provide NJJN members and the broader field with key information to aid in advocacy efforts. More detailed policy papers are developed by Network working groups and committees, and explore both substantive issues as well as advocacy strategies.  The Network also responds to needs in the field through presentations and articles.

A Selection of Our Most Recent Publications:

"Snapshot: Civil Citations for Youth," December 2016. Provides a quick overview of civil citation programs, which divert youth from the justice system at the point of arrest and have shown promising results in Florida.

"Reducing the Collateral Consequences of a Delinquency Adjudication," November 2016. This snapshot provides a brief overview of ways to help youth reintegrate successfully into their communities by protecting their confidentiality. 

"The Crime Victims Fund: A Primer for Youth Justice Advocates" - Nov. 2016. This fact sheet from NJJN is a basic primer for youth justice advocates on how the federal Victims of Crime Fund operates and how to direct its resources to high-needs communities that have historically lacked victims' services.

"How to Find and Use Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Information for Juvenile Justice Reform" - toolkit - October 2016. The Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program is the primary source of federal funding to state and local jurisdictions for the justice system. Recent changes to guidelines make it easier for youth justice advocates to work to direct some of those monies to prevention, intervention, community-based treatment, and indigent defense for youth -- or, failing that, to track how current grantees are spending the money. 

Snapshot: Dual-Status Youth and Federal Initiatives - October 2016 - Information on federal initiatives designed to help jurisdictdions assist crossover youth in exiting the mazes of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems; plus additional key resources on understanding the population. 

Snapshot: Probation
- August 2016. Critical review of probation supervision and suggested reforms.

Sex Offense Registration and Related Laws: Treating Youth Fairly, National Juvenile Justice Network policy platform, August 2016 (updated). 

Confidentiality for Youth in the Justice System, National Juvenile Justice Network policy platform, August 2016. See also our recommendations to safeguard the confidentiality of youth in the justice system. 

Snapshot: Addressing the Intersection of Gender and Racial Disparities - April 2016. Recommendations to address the disparate negative impact of the juvenile justice system on girls of color.

Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: a Snapshot from the Juvenile Justice Resource Hub - March 2016. Two out of three youth who are released from secure custody don't return to school. Yet education is crucial to their future success.  What can be done? This snapshot covers the barriers they face to completing their education, and suggested policy reforms. 

Open Letter to Our Next President: a Call to Redefine Youth Justice - February 2016. How do we keep our communities safe, ensure the welfare of our children, and guarantee a fair and equitable justice system for all? NJJN joined with eight other justice reform organizations in a letter to our next president, with a detailed vision for making our youth justice system more effective and fairer for all. Review our letter and download our vision here.  

School Discipline & Security Personnel: A Tip Sheet for Advocates on Maximizing School Safety and Student Success, October 2015. 

Engaging Law Enforcement on Youth Justice Reform, September 2015

Confining Youth for Profit, National Juvenile Justice Network policy platform, July 2015; see also our policy safeguards to protect youth who are confined in for-profit facilities

Snapshot: Using Re-entry Thinking to Guide Placement, May 2015

Community-Based Supervision: Increased Public Safety, Decreased Expenditures, November 2014

Youth Who Commit Sex Offenses: Two Research Updates, November 2014 

Unchain the Children: Policy Opportunities to End the Shackling of Youth in Court, October 2014

Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Systems: Promising Practices, September 2014

Reducing Youth Confinement: National Juvenile Justice Network policy platform, August 2014

Social Impact Bonds: Tip Sheet for Juvenile Justice Reformers April 2014

A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities, April 2014

Time for a Check-Up: How Advocates Can Help Youth in the Juvenile Justice System Get the Mental Health Services They Need, Policy Update, January, 2014

"The Comeback and Coming-from-Behind States: An Update on Youth Incarceration in the United States," December 2013

The Comeback States: Reducing Juvenile Incarceration in the United States, June 2013

Funding Community-Based Supervision: Legislative Levers to Lock in Local Funding, May 2013

Toolkit: How to Calculate the Average Costs of Detaining a Youth, May 2013

Toolkit: How to Calculate the Cost of a Youth Arrest (Revised), May 2013

Six Policy Priorities for Juvenile Defense (May 2013) 

 

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