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.

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

Operating as usual

Podcast Premiere! We're excited to share a new podcast created in partnership with Artifact! Listen in as Carmen Perez a...
10/25/2021

Podcast Premiere! We're excited to share a new podcast created in partnership with Artifact! Listen in as Carmen Perez and Luis Hernandez from The Gathering for Justice have a conversation on #YouthJustice and pushing transformation! #YJAM2021 bit.ly/YJAM2021-Podcast

Podcast Premiere! We're excited to share a new podcast created in partnership with Artifact! Listen in as Carmen Perez and Luis Hernandez from The Gathering for Justice have a conversation on #YouthJustice and pushing transformation! #YJAM2021 bit.ly/YJAM2021-Podcast

10/20/2021

The future is bright with these young people at the helm! Thank you Positive Energy Incorporated for using your voices to share how we can all Act to End Racism and elevate Youth Justice Action Month! #YJAM2021

Incredible op-ed by Paris Hilton on the harm of institutionalizing youth. Thank you Paris for for sharing your story & u...
10/20/2021
Opinion | America’s ‘troubled teen industry’ needs reform so kids can avoid the abuse I endured

Incredible op-ed by Paris Hilton on the harm of institutionalizing youth. Thank you Paris for for sharing your story & uplifting Cornelius Fredrick. We join you in your call to protect youth from the residential facility abuse. That’s why we are calling for an end to confining youth for profit! https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2021/10/18/paris-hilton-child-care-facilities-abuse-reform/?tid=ss_tw

Some states spend several hundred dollars per child, per day, for “care” that is systemically abusive.

"What we need is bold, innovative thinking that uproots our system and plants seeds to repair harm and restore humanity....
10/14/2021

"What we need is bold, innovative thinking that uproots our system and plants seeds to repair harm and restore humanity..." Read more from Columbia Justice Lab's Patrick McCarthy & our own K. Ricky Watson on needed transformation in our youth legal systems. bit.ly/3BkRJx0

"What we need is bold, innovative thinking that uproots our system and plants seeds to repair harm and restore humanity..." Read more from Columbia Justice Lab's Patrick McCarthy & our own K. Ricky Watson on needed transformation in our youth legal systems. bit.ly/3BkRJx0

Did you miss our #YJAM2021 Workshops on stopping the adult criminalization of youth? Catch up on YouTube! --> https://yo...
10/14/2021

Did you miss our #YJAM2021 Workshops on stopping the adult criminalization of youth? Catch up on YouTube! --> https://youtu.be/O1xUrLEdEiU

Did you miss our #YJAM2021 Workshops on stopping the adult criminalization of youth? Catch up on YouTube! --> https://youtu.be/O1xUrLEdEiU

In 1986, Linda White tragically lost her daughter to youth violence. In a powerful piece in Houston Chronicle , she talk...
10/14/2021
Opinion: Even the boys who murdered my daughter deserved second chances

In 1986, Linda White tragically lost her daughter to youth violence. In a powerful piece in Houston Chronicle , she talks about her healing journey--and why she believes it's time for Senator Ted Cruz and Senator John Cornyn to #EndJLWOP at the federal level.
Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth

Kids who commit serious crimes can change — I’ve now borne witness to it many times...

10/13/2021

Thank you Represent Justice for elevating these voices! We need all hands on deck to make sure Congress passes bi-partisan legislation to ensure kids get treated like kids! #YJAM2021

Thank you @POTUS for the Proclamation recognizing October as #YJAM2021 - a month for Americans “to support our youth and...
10/13/2021

Thank you @POTUS for the Proclamation recognizing October as #YJAM2021 - a month for Americans “to support our youth and participate in appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in their communities.” bit.ly/3Bj5U5T

Thank you @POTUS for the Proclamation recognizing October as #YJAM2021 - a month for Americans “to support our youth and participate in appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs in their communities.” bit.ly/3Bj5U5T

#YJAM2021 needs your voice! Join our Virtual Hill Day Training on Oct. 14th at 5:30PM ET to learn tips and advocacy stra...
10/12/2021

#YJAM2021 needs your voice! Join our Virtual Hill Day Training on Oct. 14th at 5:30PM ET to learn tips and advocacy strategies ahead of hill visits. Register for the online training here: bit.ly/3Bihbn3

#YJAM2021 needs your voice! Join our Virtual Hill Day Training on Oct. 14th at 5:30PM ET to learn tips and advocacy strategies ahead of hill visits. Register for the online training here: bit.ly/3Bihbn3

We made progress toward a more just youth legal system in the past year, including big pushes to keep the very young out...
10/12/2021

We made progress toward a more just youth legal system in the past year, including big pushes to keep the very young out of the legal system and keep police out of schools. What’s next for #YouthJustice? Learn more during October’s #YJAM2021: bit.ly/Register-YJAM21

We made progress toward a more just youth legal system in the past year, including big pushes to keep the very young out of the legal system and keep police out of schools. What’s next for #YouthJustice? Learn more during October’s #YJAM2021: bit.ly/Register-YJAM21

New Reporter Education Series--> Join us on Oct. 21 for a panel to discuss how reporters covering youth justice can full...
10/11/2021

New Reporter Education Series--> Join us on Oct. 21 for a panel to discuss how reporters covering youth justice can fully contextualizing existing data on youth in the legal system. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMod--trj4jE9T3PaZtf6mCD8Trj-jzQuuj
#YJAM2021

New Reporter Education Series--> Join us on Oct. 21 for a panel to discuss how reporters covering youth justice can fully contextualizing existing data on youth in the legal system. Register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMod--trj4jE9T3PaZtf6mCD8Trj-jzQuuj
#YJAM2021

Take action this Youth Justice Action Month. Sign @HRFK_ORG’s petition telling Congress to end the harsh treatment of ch...
10/11/2021

Take action this Youth Justice Action Month. Sign @HRFK_ORG’s petition telling Congress to end the harsh treatment of children as adults and challenge the racist adultification of youth. bit.ly/YJAM-Petition #YJAM2021

Take action this Youth Justice Action Month. Sign @HRFK_ORG’s petition telling Congress to end the harsh treatment of children as adults and challenge the racist adultification of youth. bit.ly/YJAM-Petition #YJAM2021

Today in @TheHillOpinion, Patrick McCarthy, Senior Fellow at Columbia Justice Lab and NJJN’s own K. Ricky Watson, Jr. ca...
10/05/2021
Congress must replace youth prisons with something that actually helps youth

Today in @TheHillOpinion, Patrick McCarthy, Senior Fellow at Columbia Justice Lab and NJJN’s own K. Ricky Watson, Jr. call on Congress to replace youth prisons with a system that actually helps children thrive and develop into healthy future adults. #YJAM2021

This October marks Youth Justice Action Month, which has now become a national rallying cry for a new approach to youth justice. In the 13 years since the first action month, many conditions have changed for youth

Each week, #YJAM2021 will feature a new workshop focused on a key issue in #YouthJustice reform. On October 4th, learn m...
10/04/2021

Each week, #YJAM2021 will feature a new workshop focused on a key issue in #YouthJustice reform. On October 4th, learn more about what we can do to safely keep children out of the youth legal system. RSVP at bit.ly/Register-YJAM21

Each week, #YJAM2021 will feature a new workshop focused on a key issue in #YouthJustice reform. On October 4th, learn more about what we can do to safely keep children out of the youth legal system. RSVP at bit.ly/Register-YJAM21

Today kicks off Youth Justice Action Month! This month, we band together to advance a just system for children and teena...
10/01/2021
Youth Justice Action Month

Today kicks off Youth Justice Action Month! This month, we band together to advance a just system for children and teenagers that rallies alongside youth to protect their childhood and provide them the resources they need to thrive! Check out our YJAM page for information on how to take action for #youthjustice this month, and follow #YJAM2021 on social media all month long!
https://www.njjn.org/our-work/youth-justice-action-month
October is Youth Justice Action Month

October is Youth Justice Action Month

Tomorrow starts Youth Justice Action Month! Tomorrow 10/1 @ NOON ET, join us as we discuss our new vision of #youthjusti...
09/30/2021

Tomorrow starts Youth Justice Action Month! Tomorrow 10/1 @ NOON ET, join us as we discuss our new vision of #youthjustice with our #YJAM partner Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)
in a Twitter chat! Follow us on Twitter @ njjnetwork and the hashtag #YJAM2021.

Tomorrow starts Youth Justice Action Month! Tomorrow 10/1 @ NOON ET, join us as we discuss our new vision of #youthjustice with our #YJAM partner Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)
in a Twitter chat! Follow us on Twitter @ njjnetwork and the hashtag #YJAM2021.

Important statement from 7 leading child & adolescent health professional orgs calling for a #minimumage of juvenile cou...
09/02/2021

Important statement from 7 leading child & adolescent health professional orgs calling for a #minimumage of juvenile court jurisdiction. Their statement underscores the harm of involving children in the youth legal system. Read statement 👇👇👇
https://www.aap.org/en/advocacy/juvenile-justice/health-groups-call-for-minimum-age-of-jurisdiction/

Important statement from 7 leading child & adolescent health professional orgs calling for a #minimumage of juvenile court jurisdiction. Their statement underscores the harm of involving children in the youth legal system. Read statement 👇👇👇
https://www.aap.org/en/advocacy/juvenile-justice/health-groups-call-for-minimum-age-of-jurisdiction/

YJLI Fellow Profile! Dominque Jones-Johnson Fights for Children with Incarcerated Parents. “Ensuring that the voices of ...
08/12/2021

YJLI Fellow Profile! Dominque Jones-Johnson Fights for Children with Incarcerated Parents. “Ensuring that the voices of these young people are heard is my vision for youth justice.” Read more. 👇
https://njjn.org/article/yjli-fellow-dominque-jones-johnson-fights-for-children-with-incarcerated-parents

YJLI Fellow Profile! Dominque Jones-Johnson Fights for Children with Incarcerated Parents. “Ensuring that the voices of these young people are heard is my vision for youth justice.” Read more. 👇
https://njjn.org/article/yjli-fellow-dominque-jones-johnson-fights-for-children-with-incarcerated-parents

Join us this Fall! We’re looking for someone who loves digital communication to help us tell the story of our work to jo...
08/12/2021

Join us this Fall! We’re looking for someone who loves digital communication to help us tell the story of our work to join us as our Fall communications intern! Learn more → https://www.njjn.org/get-involved/careers

Join us this Fall! We’re looking for someone who loves digital communication to help us tell the story of our work to join us as our Fall communications intern! Learn more → https://www.njjn.org/get-involved/careers

YJLI Fellow Profile! Victor Cabral Advocates for Healing and Trauma-Informed Care. “I want to see a societal shift in th...
08/11/2021

YJLI Fellow Profile! Victor Cabral Advocates for Healing and Trauma-Informed Care. “I want to see a societal shift in the way that we treat each other - a system based on love and treating people with respect and dignity.” Read more. 👇

https://njjn.org/article/yjli-fellow-victor-cabral-advocates-for-healing-and-trauma-informed-care

YJLI Fellow Profile! Victor Cabral Advocates for Healing and Trauma-Informed Care. “I want to see a societal shift in the way that we treat each other - a system based on love and treating people with respect and dignity.” Read more. 👇

https://njjn.org/article/yjli-fellow-victor-cabral-advocates-for-healing-and-trauma-informed-care

Year’s long activism set the foundation for recent victories in removing police from schools. Read our latest publicatio...
08/10/2021
Police-Free Schools

Year’s long activism set the foundation for recent victories in removing police from schools. Read our latest publication on Police-Free Schools to see how activists have built momentum for this issue today. https://www.njjn.org/our-work/police-free-schools

Profiles several school districts that recently removed police from their schools in order to provide information on how communities were able to wage successful campaigns and what resources schools have implemented in place of law enforcement.

Forum Recap: During our 2021 Virtual Forum NJJN members and partners envisioned what it takes to build organizations roo...
08/09/2021

Forum Recap: During our 2021 Virtual Forum NJJN members and partners envisioned what it takes to build organizations rooted in the liberation and equality that we all dream of working in. Read more.
https://njjn.org/article/forum-recap-roadmap-to-anti-racism

Forum Recap: During our 2021 Virtual Forum NJJN members and partners envisioned what it takes to build organizations rooted in the liberation and equality that we all dream of working in. Read more.
https://njjn.org/article/forum-recap-roadmap-to-anti-racism

Forum Recap: During our 2021 Virtual Forum, NJJN members and partners came together to create a collective vision ground...
08/09/2021

Forum Recap: During our 2021 Virtual Forum, NJJN members and partners came together to create a collective vision grounded in healing, restorative justice and communities where young people have abundant resources to thrive. Read more.
https://njjn.org/article/forum-recap-building-a-collective-vision-for-justice

Forum Recap: During our 2021 Virtual Forum, NJJN members and partners came together to create a collective vision grounded in healing, restorative justice and communities where young people have abundant resources to thrive. Read more.
https://njjn.org/article/forum-recap-building-a-collective-vision-for-justice

Change is possible! Activists have been working for years to get rid of police in schools. In our new publication out to...
07/07/2021

Change is possible! Activists have been working for years to get rid of police in schools. In our new publication out today, we profile how several communities waged successful campaigns to achieve #policefreeschools. Read more! 👇👇👇
https://njjn.org/our-work/police-free-schools
#youthjustice

Change is possible! Activists have been working for years to get rid of police in schools. In our new publication out today, we profile how several communities waged successful campaigns to achieve #policefreeschools. Read more! 👇👇👇
https://njjn.org/our-work/police-free-schools
#youthjustice

Sophia Cristo, Youth Advocate with NJJN Member Anti-Recidivism.Comm shares her powerful story and the harm that comes fr...
06/30/2021

Sophia Cristo, Youth Advocate with NJJN Member Anti-Recidivism.Comm shares her powerful story and the harm that comes from children entering the youth legal system. Read Sophia's Op-Ed with YR Media.
👇👇👇
https://yr.media/news/imprisoned-and-treated-like-an-adult/

Sophia Cristo, Youth Advocate with NJJN Member Anti-Recidivism.Comm shares her powerful story and the harm that comes from children entering the youth legal system. Read Sophia's Op-Ed with YR Media.
👇👇👇
https://yr.media/news/imprisoned-and-treated-like-an-adult/

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

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#justiceforcornelius https://fb.watch/85IHSz7NSI/
After years of development, Rutgers University is thrilled to announce the launch of our Juvenile Justice and Youth Development Certificate Program!
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!
could you please sign, share and promote this petition to help me free this woman imprisoned since age 17 just for killing a ra**st!
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 ra**st!
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.
please sign, share support this petition to help me free this female juvenile lifer!