National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)

National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) Helping state advocates attain fair and appropriate treatment for all youth in the justice system. The growing membership of NJJN currently stretches across the country comprising 53 members in 44 states and the District of Columbia.
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NJJN’s members embrace and promote the following core principles: 1. Reduce Institutionalization 2. Reduce Racial Disparity 3. Ensure Access to Quality Counsel 4. Create a Range of Community-Based Programs 5. Recognize and Serve Youth with Special Needs 6. Create Smaller Rehabilitative Institutions 7. Improve Aftercare and Reentry 8. Maximize Youth, Family and Community Participation 9. Keep Youth Out of Adult Prisons

Mission: The National Juvenile Justice Network seeks to shrink our youth justice systems and transform the remainder into systems that treat youth and families with dignity and humanity.

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Young activists are calling for Maine to release children from its last state youth prison as two staff members tested p...
11/20/2020
Activists renew demand for release of Maine's incarcerated youth as COVID spreads in prisons

Young activists are calling for Maine to release children from its last state youth prison as two staff members tested positive for COVID-19. We stand with these activists in telling the state to #Sendourkidshome! https://mainebeacon.com/activists-renew-demand-for-release-of-maines-incarcerated-youth-as-covid-spreads-in-prisons/

A group of young people opposed to juvenile incarceration are renewing their call to empty the Long Creek Youth Development Center, Maine’s last youth prison, as two staffers there have tested positive with COVID-19. The infections at the juvenile detention center come as the virus is spreading t

LA County’s new district attorney pledges to “immediately stop prosecuting children as adults.” This is an excellent ste...
11/19/2020
Gascón's Youth Justice: Juveniles are Never Adults

LA County’s new district attorney pledges to “immediately stop prosecuting children as adults.” This is an excellent step that we hope to see replicated in the rest of the state and the country! https://www.laprogressive.com/gascon-youth-justice/

Jeremy Loudenback: “Understand, I’m not Jackie Lacey,” Gascón told participants in an online community meeting. “But if you don’t think I’m doing the job I’ll leave and you find somebody else.”

California’s state youth prisons are slated to be shut down in 2021, but are currently failing to protect the children i...
11/19/2020
New Report Says CA Endangers Kids in State’s Youth Prisons As COVID Round 2 Continues to Rise |

California’s state youth prisons are slated to be shut down in 2021, but are currently failing to protect the children in their care from COVID-19. A new study details the extent of their mismanagement. Read more: https://witnessla.com/new-report-says-ca-endangering-kids-in-states-youth-prisons-as-covid-round-2-hits-the-u-s/

DJJ Watch New Report Says CA Endangers Kids in State’s Youth Prisons As COVID Round 2 Continues to Rise November 18, 2020 by Celeste FremonAdd Comment Written by Celeste Fremon A new report and accompanying fact sheet from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ), shows that California m...

Join us on Monday, Nov. 30 for a LIVE panel discussion: "A History of Resilience: Advocating for Justice-Involved Native...
11/18/2020

Join us on Monday, Nov. 30 for a LIVE panel discussion: "A History of Resilience: Advocating for Justice-Involved Native American Youth and Their Families." Watch on Facebook LIVE or register to join us on Zoom: http://bit.ly/AHistoryofResilience
#NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #youthjustice

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11/18/2020

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11/13/2020
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Uplifting LGBTQIA+ Voices: Incarceration, Reentry, and the 2020 Election

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Join us as our host and Executive Director Sam Lewis is joined by ARC’s Manager of Women and Non-Binary Services and co-host Norma Cumpian to uplift the experiences of our formerly and currently incarcerated LGBTQIA+ community. They will be joined by ARC Community and LGBTQ members Jonathan Melendez (JD), Alyssa Gallo, and Mabel Garcia to discuss their experiences with incarceration, reentry, and the significance of the 2020 election as formerly incarcerated LGTBQ members.

Today we vote. Tomorrow we continue the work. #VoteYouthJustice
11/03/2020

Today we vote. Tomorrow we continue the work. #VoteYouthJustice

Local elections are critical to our fight! S/O to Anthony Robles from our member @YouthJusticeLA for being on the ground...
11/02/2020
This Los Angeles County Election Could Have A Big Effect On Criminal Justice Reform

Local elections are critical to our fight! S/O to Anthony Robles from our member @YouthJusticeLA for being on the ground and speaking on the advocacy happening in Los Angeles around #youthjustice & adult #criminaljustice transformation! https://theappeal.org/los-angeles-county-board-of-supervisors-herb-wesson-holly-mitchell/

The Board of Supervisors wields enormous power over a county government apparatus that includes the DA’s office, probation department, and sheriffs.

Happy Native American Heritage Month! To celebrate this important month, take some time to read on the importance of upl...
11/02/2020
NJJN Celebrates Native American Heritage Month - November 2020

Happy Native American Heritage Month! To celebrate this important month, take some time to read on the importance of uplifting Native American communities in all aspects of advocacy.

This month, we are celebrating National Native American Heritage Month.

Join our NJJN Member The Gathering For Justice for this important conversation tonight!!
10/28/2020

Join our NJJN Member The Gathering For Justice for this important conversation tonight!!

Tonight! We’re excited to hear from an incredible lineup of young leaders about GOTV amidst voter suppression and what you can do to make an impact beyond voting or if you can’t vote. Tune in today right here on Facebook and support the leadership of BIPOC youth!

Without an intersectional approach to justice reform, girls will continue to be held accountable for their own exploitat...
10/28/2020

Without an intersectional approach to justice reform, girls will continue to be held accountable for their own exploitation. We must change this. #GirlsJusticeDay #YJAM #youthjustice @rights4girls

Today is #GirlsJusticeDay. Today and everyday, we stand with girls in the juvenile justice system who deserve safety and...
10/28/2020

Today is #GirlsJusticeDay. Today and everyday, we stand with girls in the juvenile justice system who deserve safety and support, not criminalization! Follow @rights4girls for more on Girls Justice Day!

It is imperative that we uplift girls’ voices and their leadership in the movement for youth justice. #GirlsJusticeDay #...
10/28/2020

It is imperative that we uplift girls’ voices and their leadership in the movement for youth justice. #GirlsJusticeDay #YJAM @rights4girls

New Report! Do racial impact statements offer promise in ending racial disparities in the youth legal system? We partner...
10/27/2020

New Report! Do racial impact statements offer promise in ending racial disparities in the youth legal system? We partnered with University of Iowa Law School's Community Empowerment Law Project to take a look. Check out our latest report: The Promise of Racial Impact Statements: Findings from a Case Study of Minority Impact Statements in Iowa --> http://bit.ly/ThePromiseofRacialImpactStatements

Court fines and fees hurt already struggling families and offer little in return. It’s time to end this burdensome pract...
10/23/2020
Juvenile Court Fees Burden Families, Provide Limited Revenue

Court fines and fees hurt already struggling families and offer little in return. It’s time to end this burdensome practice and actually help young people find successful pathways! Thank you Michigan Center for Youth Justice for being on the front lines of this fight!

Michigan Center for Youth Justice says court fines and fees for juveniles can be burdensome for families who are already facing financial hardship.

Reason #537 why anti-racism must be at the root of transforming our youth legal system. Diversion doesn’t work if we onl...
10/22/2020
LAPD youth diversion program under review as advocates, commissioners cite shortcomings

Reason #537 why anti-racism must be at the root of transforming our youth legal system. Diversion doesn’t work if we only offer “some” young people the opportunity to avoid arrest. S/O Youth Justice Coalition for being on the front lines of fighting for equity! https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-09-29/lapd-youth-diversion-program-under-review-as-advocates-commissioners-cite-shortcomings

The LAPD's program for diverting kids they detain for crimes into support programs faced criticism at a meeting of the Police Commission, with advocates highlighting problems.

Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction is an important step, but we still need policies that specifically address the ...
10/22/2020
Youth Arrests Decrease in NYC but Racial Disparities Persist

Raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction is an important step, but we still need policies that specifically address the racial inequities in how young people are treated by the legal system.

A study finds that the Raise the Age policy shift has had an impact, but the pools of kids being arrested has grown even more Black and Latino, El Diario reports.

Did you catch our ally spotlights last week during our first ever NJJN Ally Week?! Hear from a few of our allies why the...
10/21/2020

Did you catch our ally spotlights last week during our first ever NJJN Ally Week?! Hear from a few of our allies why they stand for the dignity, equity and humanity of young people in the youth legal system. Thank you allies!
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http://njjn.org/article/ally-week-2020-spotlights

Read our latest young leader profile of Luis Hernandez, National Director of Youth Campaigns and Leaders for  The Gather...
10/20/2020
Young Leader Profile: Luis Hernandez

Read our latest young leader profile of Luis Hernandez, National Director of Youth Campaigns and Leaders for The Gathering for Justice. “As someone who organizes at the intersection of racial justice and violence prevention, I understand that there's a constant need for true safety in our communities; safety that looks like an abundance of resources, attacking the root causes of issues like gun violence, and dismantling the systems of oppression that exist in our society that for too long, our children have bore the brunt of.”

Interview with young leader: Luis Hernandez, National Director of Youth Campaigns and Leadership, The Gathering for Justice

“A kid who is bad in school needs one thing - more school, not more punishment. “ Roy Austin talks about the need to end...
10/19/2020
@Dignityinschools

“A kid who is bad in school needs one thing - more school, not more punishment. “ Roy Austin talks about the need to end criminalization of youth in schools and have #CounselorsNotCops.
Join the national conversation: linktr.ee/Dignityinschools Dignity in Schools Campaign

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The number of #COVID19 in juvenile facilities is rapidly rising. Tell Congress that the next federal COVID-19 response p...
10/19/2020

The number of #COVID19 in juvenile facilities is rapidly rising. Tell Congress that the next federal COVID-19 response package must ensure young people are able to return safely to their families during this emergency: act4jj.org/take-action

Our final ally spotlight is Vicki Reed. She said, "Like a phoenix, the youth of America will rise out of the ashes of th...
10/17/2020

Our final ally spotlight is Vicki Reed. She said, "Like a phoenix, the youth of America will rise out of the ashes of this time of pandemic and social unrest to reshape the country into a more humane, just, and equitable society."⁠

Thank you for following our Ally Week. To learn more about becoming an ally, visit https://www.njjn.org/our-members/become-an-ally!

👏👏👏 We applaud advocates in New Mexico who are calling on legislators to address the institutional racism that plague’s ...
10/16/2020
New Mexico legislative subcommittee discusses juvenile justice

👏👏👏 We applaud advocates in New Mexico who are calling on legislators to address the institutional racism that plague’s the state’s youth legal system! https://www.santafenewmexican.com/news/legislature/new-mexico-legislative-subcommittee-discusses-juvenile-justice/article_337e5506-08ad-11eb-bb3a-0f6e57c223dc.html

Nonprofit leaders urged state lawmakers to address racism that leads to disproportionate numbers of minority youth in the system.

Our next NJJN #allyforyouthjustice is Luis Ceballos. When we spoke with Luis, he said, "We must provide a platform that ...
10/16/2020

Our next NJJN #allyforyouthjustice is Luis Ceballos. When we spoke with Luis, he said, "We must provide a platform that will elevate the voices of our Black and Brown youth's involved in our juvenile justice system (and the families impacted by our system). Being outraged and speaking up cannot be the responsibility of people of color alone." ⁠

To learn more about our ally program, visit https://www.njjn.org/our-members/become-an-ally!

October is Youth Justice Action Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness and taking action to advance #YouthJustice...
10/16/2020
National Youth Justice Awareness Month

October is Youth Justice Action Month, a month dedicated to raising awareness and taking action to advance #YouthJustice. This month we will focus on highlighting the issues that impact young people and why, when you head to the polls on November 3, you should #VoteYouthJustice. #YJAM http://cfyj.org/yjam/ (with image “YJAM#2”)

October is Youth Justice Action Month! Since 2008, advocates around the country have come together to organize events to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by our criminal justice system. We also are celebrating 15 years of our work as we prepare to cease operation...

Students from several California State University campuses protested for the removal of campus police. Shout out to thes...
10/15/2020
Abolish Campus Police-CSU leads protest against campus police

Students from several California State University campuses protested for the removal of campus police. Shout out to these young activists and to Youth Justice Coalition for helping to organize this march and discussion! https://sundial.csun.edu/160927/news/abolish-campus-police-csu-leads-protest-against-campus-police/

On Thursday afternoon, students from various California State University campuses rallied at the Chicanx House at CSUN to demand that police be removed from CSU campuses. The protest was organized by the Revolutionary Scholars, Youth Justice Coalition L.A., Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlande...

Our fourth NJJN ally this week is Linda Genereux. Linda says, "This is not a time to shrink back. Step up and demand tha...
10/15/2020

Our fourth NJJN ally this week is Linda Genereux. Linda says, "This is not a time to shrink back. Step up and demand that children and youth should never be in prisons. As advocates, we should work together to bring home those individuals who were sentenced as juveniles and have already served lengthy sentences." ⁠

Are you also an #allyforyouthjustice? Check out https://www.njjn.org/our-members/become-an-ally for more information!

California’s governor has signed a bill to shut down the state’s youth prison system. Youth prisons will be phased out s...
10/14/2020

California’s governor has signed a bill to shut down the state’s youth prison system. Youth prisons will be phased out starting in 2021, keeping children in their communities where they belong. This is a huge win for our CA members and for the state as a whole! Youth Justice Coalition Anti-Recidivism Coalition The Arts for Healing and Justice Network
https://witnessla.com/governor-signs-bill-to-close-states-troubled-systemically-racist-youth-prisons-with-an-ambitious-plan-to-reimagine-cas-youth-justice-system-altogether/

Shana Kidd Washington is our next NJJN ally spotlight! Shana said, "A transformed system designed to put a young person ...
10/14/2020

Shana Kidd Washington is our next NJJN ally spotlight! Shana said, "A transformed system designed to put a young person in a community-based organization where they can heal, learn from their mistakes, and grow as a person would change the trajectory of their lives and our future." ⁠

Learn more about becoming an ally like Shana at https://www.njjn.org/our-members/become-an-ally.

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This is an essay from a young activist, Aruba Faruque, regarding the suffering of the Rohingya. Questions to Burmese Nothing is left to write for me because you all have been so cruel that you have lost the right to read and write. Not just you but also me for being silent these days with injustice happening in front of my eyes. I really don’t understand why we always say me or mine. Can't this world even except that it is for all? We all say that the world has turned to a global village but why can’t it be a real global village but not only for communication system? Do we want to say; killing, torturing, ignoring people because they look different from you and believe different is what it should be? If you believe in religion and care about it then answer me ; which faith teaches you to ruin people’s lives because of what they are born? And even the science says that, we all bleed and breath the same then why we can’t even accept this universal truth? Let us accept this foolish concept that 1.1 million Rohingya people made a mistake by not choosing to born like you all but I would like to ask you about the Rohingya children. Do you they understand the meaning of religion or color? What kind of life that they are living? Or is that a life? Let’s look into their imagination. From their birth, they are seeing that they don’t have any identity, dignity and they are not even considered as human beings. After a while they experience a genocide going on, their houses are on fire, parents are being tortured inhumanely. They are compelled to leave then own place. Then they discover themselves in the sea on a small boat and all are praying to be saved. The ones who were saved are experiencing they are now at a new country and here they are not humans but only refugees and don’t have any peace, respect, dignity or freedom. Only difference is they are alive here. I still don’t understand why the world is becoming so cruel only because of people’s religion and colour. I wonder how that innocent children have gone through this kind of injustice. I am thinking about that ‘homosapiens’ who claim to be the best could do this ? The answer is “yes". We have failed to make sure of every human's smile, peace and equality. Justice can’t speak because we were sent to speak on the behalf of it but we people speak and behalf of money and power. Both world and humanity wants an answer from us and justice is looking forward for an action. Will we be able to answer the world and humanity? Or face the people whose lives were ruined? #FacetheRefugees #WorldneedsaChange #MeforJustice Aruba Faruque 20-10-2019 .................................................................................................... • Rohingya refers to the refugees from Rakhine state of Myanmar who have fled to Bangladesh during “Ethnic cleansing “ by Myanmar Army. • According to a study by UNHCR, more than 24,000 Rohingya were killed by Burmese military and local Buddhists , 18,000 Rohingya women were raped, 116,000 Rohingya were badly beaten, 36,000 Rohingya were thrown into the fires. • The above source (UNHCR) also estimates a numbers of 1.1 million Rohingya refugees staying at Bangladesh.
Hey All, If you are interested, I will be facilitating a conversation with some amazing youth justice advocates from The Arts for Healing and Justice Network today at 1pm. Check it out on Californians for Safety and Justice's page.
My name is Chloe Jones and I am a journalist with News21, a collective of nearly 40 reporters from across the nation investigating the juvenile justice system. We are looking into the impact that first encounters with police have on an individual, and I wanted to share this poll with you: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdq4mZSNw8Ovq_cGij3slPYoUUlzlHMc0Bg5LtgW3k1qsldOw/viewform?usp=sf_link Please feel free to fill this out, send to your family/friends, share on your timeline, etc. Our goal is to collect responses nationwide and follow-up with as many as possible to learn more about the person’s experience and how it impacted them. Thank you in advance!
could you please sign, share and promote this petition to help me free this woman imprisoned since age 17 just for killing a rapist!
by the way could you please sign, share and promote this petition to help me free this woman imprisoned since age 17 just for killing a rapist!
I need your help getting juvenile justice for my nephew. Please sign and share this petition out and join me in this good fight to free, Little Ricky.
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Would you mind posting this message on your page and sending it to law enforcement officers that work with youth populations? We are conducting a research study aimed to identify and analyze the effectiveness of current training techniques in law enforcement interactions with children experiencing behavioral health challenges in a school-based setting. I am posting to ask if you would please take a 15 minute, 25 question survey for this research. You are eligible to be in this study because of your current involvement in law enforcement. Please click the following link to participate in the study. You must sign the informed consent form in order to continue on to fill out the survey. https://forms.gle/5dR5Kpi9vmbT6UgN7 Participation is completely voluntary and your answers will be anonymous. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. Thank you for your time. Diana Gold Occupational Therapy Student Shenandoah University
Would you mind posting this message on your page and sending it to law enforcement officers that work with youth populations? We are conducting a research study aimed to identify and analyze the effectiveness of current training techniques in law enforcement interactions with children experiencing behavioral health challenges in a school-based setting. I am posting to ask if you would please take a 15 minute, 25 question survey for this research. You are eligible to be in this study because of your current involvement in law enforcement. Please click the following link to participate in the study. You must sign the informed consent form in order to continue on to fill out the survey. https://forms.gle/5dR5Kpi9vmbT6UgN7 Participation is completely voluntary and your answers will be anonymous. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at [email protected]. Thank you for your time. Diana Gold Occupational Therapy Student Shenandoah University
Congratulations to the entire NJJN network for your enduring role in getting JJDPA passed in Congress. 16 years. Unbelievable. Shout out to Sarah Bryer, Melissa Goemann, Mary Mistrett and Liz Ryan. Examples of .
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