National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)

National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) Building power across states for anti-racist youth justice transformation. Become an #allyforyouthjustice: http://bit.ly/NJJNAlly 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

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

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Youth Justice Win! This week, New York raised the lower age for arrest & prosecution from 7 to 12! S/O to our member Chi...
06/11/2021

Youth Justice Win! This week, New York raised the lower age for arrest & prosecution from 7 to 12! S/O to our member Children's Defense Fund-NY for their work to get this bill passed! --> https://lnkd.in/drjUuEv

Youth Justice Win! This week, New York raised the lower age for arrest & prosecution from 7 to 12! S/O to our member Children's Defense Fund-NY for their work to get this bill passed! --> https://lnkd.in/drjUuEv

Hi friends! Join us this Wed. at 3 PM Eastern for our webinar: ⁠Bring Kids Home: Lessons Learned from Covid-19 Decarcera...
06/07/2021

Hi friends! Join us this Wed. at 3 PM Eastern for our webinar: ⁠Bring Kids Home: Lessons Learned from Covid-19 Decarceration Strategies.⁠

At the start of the pandemic, #youthjustice advocates across the country jumped into action to bring kids home from facilities in order to ensure their safety. ⁠

We learned many lessons over the past year that can help us continue to push for youth decarceration. ⁠

Join us for the discussion w/ ⁠
The Gathering for Justice⁠
Emancipate NC⁠
The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project⁠
+ ⁠
Association for Public Defender of Maryland⁠

Register--> https://bit.ly/bringkidshome

Hi friends! Join us this Wed. at 3 PM Eastern for our webinar: ⁠Bring Kids Home: Lessons Learned from Covid-19 Decarceration Strategies.⁠

At the start of the pandemic, #youthjustice advocates across the country jumped into action to bring kids home from facilities in order to ensure their safety. ⁠

We learned many lessons over the past year that can help us continue to push for youth decarceration. ⁠

Join us for the discussion w/ ⁠
The Gathering for Justice⁠
Emancipate NC⁠
The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project⁠
+ ⁠
Association for Public Defender of Maryland⁠

Register--> https://bit.ly/bringkidshome

This month and every month, we honor the beauty and fullness of the LGBTQ+ youth, including those impacted by justice sy...
06/04/2021

This month and every month, we honor the beauty and fullness of the LGBTQ+ youth, including those impacted by justice systems. According to data cited by the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project, LGBTQ youth are far overrepresented in the justice system. While LGBTQ youth make up between 7-9% percent of all youth nationwide, they make up 20% of all young people in youth facilities, 14% of boys in youth facilities and a 40% of girls in youth facilities. Collectively, 85% of the LGBTQ and Gender Non-conforming young people in youth facilities are youth of color.

The criminalization of LGBTQ+ youth, particularly youth of color, can be attributed to the compounding effects of structural racism and homophobia, which show up in the ways in which LGBTQ+ youth are affected by the school-to-prison pipeline, family instability and poverty, homelessness and more.

Read and share our article, “Understanding the Multiple Oppressions Faced by LGBTQ+ Youth of Color” to find resources and discussion questions that we can all use to deepen our understanding of the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth impacted by the justice system. --> https://lnkd.in/deJkrHx

This month and every month, we honor the beauty and fullness of the LGBTQ+ youth, including those impacted by justice systems. According to data cited by the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project, LGBTQ youth are far overrepresented in the justice system. While LGBTQ youth make up between 7-9% percent of all youth nationwide, they make up 20% of all young people in youth facilities, 14% of boys in youth facilities and a 40% of girls in youth facilities. Collectively, 85% of the LGBTQ and Gender Non-conforming young people in youth facilities are youth of color.

The criminalization of LGBTQ+ youth, particularly youth of color, can be attributed to the compounding effects of structural racism and homophobia, which show up in the ways in which LGBTQ+ youth are affected by the school-to-prison pipeline, family instability and poverty, homelessness and more.

Read and share our article, “Understanding the Multiple Oppressions Faced by LGBTQ+ Youth of Color” to find resources and discussion questions that we can all use to deepen our understanding of the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth impacted by the justice system. --> https://lnkd.in/deJkrHx

Have you registered for our upcoming webinar - Bring Our Kids Home: Lessons Learned from Covid-19 Decarceration Strategi...
06/04/2021

Have you registered for our upcoming webinar - Bring Our Kids Home: Lessons Learned from Covid-19 Decarceration Strategies? Registration is free and open to the public! Learn how we can take lessons learned from the past year to push for long-term #youthjustice transformation. https://bit.ly/bringkidshome
The Gathering for Justice Emancipate NC The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project

#justice
#Youth
#Webinar
#COVID19

Have you registered for our upcoming webinar - Bring Our Kids Home: Lessons Learned from Covid-19 Decarceration Strategies? Registration is free and open to the public! Learn how we can take lessons learned from the past year to push for long-term #youthjustice transformation. https://bit.ly/bringkidshome
The Gathering for Justice Emancipate NC The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project

#justice
#Youth
#Webinar
#COVID19

Children who believe in the Tooth Fairy shouldn't be handcuffed. Let's listen to the science and support children, not s...
06/03/2021
A 7-Year-Old Was Accused of Rape. Is Arresting Him the Answer?

Children who believe in the Tooth Fairy shouldn't be handcuffed. Let's listen to the science and support children, not send them through juvenile courts.
S/O to our members Children's Defense Fund-NY
& Citizens for Juvenile Justice for their advocacy to #raisethefloor of the minimum age of juvenile jurisdiction! https://www.nytimes.com/2021/06/03/nyregion/rape-arrest-7-year-old-boy.html

“Science doesn’t support prosecution of second graders,” one lawyer said. Still, in New York, children as young as 7 can be charged with a crime.

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report - Roadmap to Justice! 👉 We’ve seen the harms that for-profit youth confinement facilitie...
05/24/2021

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report - Roadmap to Justice! 👉 We’ve seen the harms that for-profit youth confinement facilities have inflicted on young people. It’s time we implement structural changes that protect young people and address the root problems that lead to Cornelius Frederick's death. Closing Sequel facilities is one step toward protecting children, but we need long term solutions. This week, we will be sharing a new vision of justice in which community-based programs serve to protect young people and promote public safety. #JusticeForCornelius https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report - Roadmap to Justice! 👉 We’ve seen the harms that for-profit youth confinement facilities have inflicted on young people. It’s time we implement structural changes that protect young people and address the root problems that lead to Cornelius Frederick's death. Closing Sequel facilities is one step toward protecting children, but we need long term solutions. This week, we will be sharing a new vision of justice in which community-based programs serve to protect young people and promote public safety. #JusticeForCornelius https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report! Research has shown that incarcerating young people is ineffective and can perpetuate a ...
05/21/2021
Shut Down Sequel: Progress Report

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report!
Research has shown that incarcerating young people is ineffective and can perpetuate a cycle of incarceration that is harmful to the community and the individual. Providing high-quality rehabilitative, health, and educational resources can ensure that young people re-enter society as law-abiding, happy, healthy citizens, a very important part of increasing community safety.

For-profit facilities consistently lack these important resources so that they can increase profit, which prevents successful re-entry and reduces community safety. To improve safety of the community and young people, we must close for-profit facilities and invest in community-based solutions! Read more in our Shut Down Sequel Progress Report 👇

On the 1-year mark of Cornelius' tragic death, NJJN is releasing our: Shut Down Sequel Progress Report, outlining progress made in our efforts to shut down Sequel facilities and advocate for systemic reforms.

05/18/2021

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report!

For-profit facilities put the success of stakeholders over the success of youth in their care. Spending less on rehabilitation practice and protections means more profit for the company, which leaves facilities understaffed and youth in unsafe conditions. Abusive treatment and unsafe conditions in for-profit youth confinement facilities are well-documented, and important rehabilitative and educational resources are completely insufficient. States must end the practice of warehousing youth for profit and protect our young people by investing in community-based programs! Read more about ending for-profit youth confinement --> https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

Our Executive Director K. Ricky Watson, Jr. recently spoke with The Imprint on why it is critical to #raisethefloor on j...
05/18/2021
Raising the Floor on Prosecuting Youth with Ricky Watson

Our Executive Director K. Ricky Watson, Jr. recently spoke with The Imprint on why it is critical to #raisethefloor on juvenile court jurisdiction! Listen 👇
#uncuffkids
#MinimumAge

Ricky Watson of the National Juvenile Justice Network joins to discuss efforts aimed at raising the floor on youth arrests and prosecutions

05/17/2021

This week is the National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth. We join the call to prioritize community alternatives to incarceration, including ensuring our youth are not placed in harmful for-profit facilities!

Read our report “Shut Down Sequel” and how we can stand together to end the use of for-profit youth facilities.
👉 https://www.njjn.org/our-work/shut-down-sequel-progress-report

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! In the past year, NJJN members have uncovered and amplified the horri...
05/16/2021

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint!
In the past year, NJJN members have uncovered and amplified the horrific experiences that survivors of for-profit youth facilities have endured, including numerous instances of dangerous use of restraint. States must take action to ban this practice. Together we can work towards a future where youth receive appropriate treatment AND respect! https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint!
In the past year, NJJN members have uncovered and amplified the horrific experiences that survivors of for-profit youth facilities have endured, including numerous instances of dangerous use of restraint. States must take action to ban this practice. Together we can work towards a future where youth receive appropriate treatment AND respect! https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

Next week is the National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth sponsored by Save The Kids. TODAY we join Youth Fir...
05/14/2021
Sign the Petition

Next week is the National Week of Action Against Incarcerating Youth sponsored by Save The Kids. TODAY we join Youth First Initiative in urging Congress to invest $100 million to close and repurpose youth prisons. You can help signing this petition
👇👇👇

Congress, Fund Youth Prison Closures Across the Country

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! Oregon Senator Sara Gelser warned of Sequel’s use of harmful restrain...
05/13/2021

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! Oregon Senator Sara Gelser warned of Sequel’s use of harmful restraints, fearing the worst. Only a few months later, Cornelius Frederick died because of Sequel's use of restraint. Our youth deserve better than this. Cornelius deserved better than this.
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https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! Oregon Senator Sara Gelser warned of Sequel’s use of harmful restraints, fearing the worst. Only a few months later, Cornelius Frederick died because of Sequel's use of restraint. Our youth deserve better than this. Cornelius deserved better than this.
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https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! Studies show youth referred to the justice system have often been exp...
05/12/2021

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! Studies show youth referred to the justice system have often been exposed to trauma. It is the duty of child serving systems to help youth heal from trauma by providing quality behavioral and mental health services. Restraint has no place in therapeutic environments. It’s time to end reliance on dangerous restraint methods and give youth the care and support they need to heal.
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https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! Studies show youth referred to the justice system have often been exposed to trauma. It is the duty of child serving systems to help youth heal from trauma by providing quality behavioral and mental health services. Restraint has no place in therapeutic environments. It’s time to end reliance on dangerous restraint methods and give youth the care and support they need to heal.
👇👇👇
https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

The fact is, youth prisons don’t work. But how do we get to a future without them?  Enter – the @NoKidsInPrison experien...
05/11/2021
#NoKidsInPrison Experience

The fact is, youth prisons don’t work. But how do we get to a future without them?

Enter – the @NoKidsInPrison experience, an interactive platform from @PerformingStatistics that uses data, storytelling, and art created by youth impacted by the justice system to help people like you imagine a brighter future for youth across the country. Register for a live event launching the #NoKidsInPrison Experience
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https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nokidsinprison-experience-tickets-152878424483

YouthFirst presents the #NoKidsinPrison Experience, a virtual and interactive tool that helps you imagine a world without youth prisons.

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint! Put the safety of kids first by banning the use of harmful restraints...
05/11/2021

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint!

Put the safety of kids first by banning the use of harmful restraints in your state! Check out our progress report to see how other states have taken steps to #ShutDownSequel and start supporting appropriate services and behavioral supports for youth.
https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report --> #EndRestraint!

Put the safety of kids first by banning the use of harmful restraints in your state! Check out our progress report to see how other states have taken steps to #ShutDownSequel and start supporting appropriate services and behavioral supports for youth.
https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report: #EndRestraint!  Sequel Youth and Family Services’ website states: “We believe that no m...
05/10/2021

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report: #EndRestraint!

Sequel Youth and Family Services’ website states: “We believe that no matter what background someone comes from or what challenge they are facing, they deserve the best care possible - and we believe that is Sequel care.” This statement leaves advocates across the country wondering when “care” became “restraint”? Together, let’s end the use of harmful restraints and give youth the care they need and deserve! https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Progress Report: #EndRestraint!

Sequel Youth and Family Services’ website states: “We believe that no matter what background someone comes from or what challenge they are facing, they deserve the best care possible - and we believe that is Sequel care.” This statement leaves advocates across the country wondering when “care” became “restraint”? Together, let’s end the use of harmful restraints and give youth the care they need and deserve! https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

Deadline Extended! Good news, if you wanted to apply to our Youth Justice Leadership Institute, there’s still time! The ...
05/07/2021

Deadline Extended! Good news, if you wanted to apply to our Youth Justice Leadership Institute, there’s still time! The deadline has been extended to May 14.
Learn more 👉 http://bit.ly/YJLIFellow

Deadline Extended! Good news, if you wanted to apply to our Youth Justice Leadership Institute, there’s still time! The deadline has been extended to May 14.
Learn more 👉 http://bit.ly/YJLIFellow

05/06/2021

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? California provides a roadmap for other states looking to better serve youth. In the wake of coverage highlighting Sequel abuses, the state ended their contract and the legislature allocated $8 million to localities to build housing and services for youth brought home. While additional steps are needed to prevent contracts with for-profit youth facilities, California is charting a path forward.

Read more in our "Shut Down Sequel Progress Report" --> https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

Great discussion on the impact of unhealed trauma of girls that impacts girls' and women's incarceration. #youthjustice ...
05/06/2021
The Heartbreaking Impact Of Incarceration On Women And Girls | KCM

Great discussion on the impact of unhealed trauma of girls that impacts girls' and women's incarceration. #youthjustice #mentalhealthawarenessmonth

The founder of the National Council for Incarcerated and Formerly Incarcerated Women and Girls talks about the power of clemency

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? In the year since Cornelius Frederick was killed in a Sequel facility, Oregon ended th...
05/05/2021

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? In the year since Cornelius Frederick was killed in a Sequel facility, Oregon ended their contracts with Sequel facilities, removed all of their foster youth from out-of-state facilities, and passed SB 1605 to increase protective requirements for out-of-state residential facilities that house Oregon foster youth. Following Oregon’s lead, NJJN member @TeamChild and local advocacy groups successfully advocated for the state of Washington to stop sending their children to Sequel facilities!

Read more in our Shut Down Sequel Report --> https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

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can you guys help sign this petition so we can help bring my brother home plz & thank you
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 r***d, 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!
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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