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

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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

Check out this resources created by our friends at Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and  Detention Watch Network. ...
05/04/2021

Check out this resources created by our friends at Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and Detention Watch Network. 👇

With developments at the border regarding unaccompanied children, DWN and Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) put together this Child Detention FAQ about what's happening, the differences between the types of facilities, and big picture context and demands.

https://www.detentionwatchnetwork.org/sites/default/files/Child%20Detention_FAQ%202021_ILRC_DWN.pdf

#ShutDownSequel Where are We Now? Ohio has taken needed steps to stop placing kids at Sequel, but further reform is need...
05/04/2021

#ShutDownSequel Where are We Now? Ohio has taken needed steps to stop placing kids at Sequel, but further reform is needed to prevent future harms for kids in care. NJJN and our member Juvenile Justice Coalition, Disability Rights Ohio, and other local advocacy groups continue to pressure the state to prevent Pomegranate from regaining their license.

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

#ShutDownSequel Where are We Now? Ohio has taken needed steps to stop placing kids at Sequel, but further reform is needed to prevent future harms for kids in care. NJJN and our member Juvenile Justice Coalition, Disability Rights Ohio, and other local advocacy groups continue to pressure the state to prevent Pomegranate from regaining their license.

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

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? --> After learning of Cornelius Frederick’s death at Lakeside, a Sequel facility in Mi...
05/03/2021

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? --> After learning of Cornelius Frederick’s death at Lakeside, a Sequel facility in Michigan, our member The Legal Rights Center found that there were four Minnesota youth from Hennepin county at Lakeside. The Legal Rights Center rallied to bring those youth home and severe contracts with Sequel. We are grateful to the Legal Rights Center and the advocates on the ground in Minnesota for their hard work to #ShutDownSequel! Read more 👇👇👇
https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? --> After learning of Cornelius Frederick’s death at Lakeside, a Sequel facility in Michigan, our member The Legal Rights Center found that there were four Minnesota youth from Hennepin county at Lakeside. The Legal Rights Center rallied to bring those youth home and severe contracts with Sequel. We are grateful to the Legal Rights Center and the advocates on the ground in Minnesota for their hard work to #ShutDownSequel! Read more 👇👇👇
https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? --> Michigan has been the battleground state in the fight for #JusticeForCornelius. Si...
05/03/2021

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? --> Michigan has been the battleground state in the fight for #JusticeForCornelius. Since his tragic death, the state has shut down two Sequel facilities, cut ties with Sequel Youth and Family Services, and taken steps to ban use of restraints. While Michigan has taken many strides toward justice, we urge them to consider implementing long term solutions like cutting their reliance on for-profit child-caring programs. Read more about progress in our Shut Down Sequel Campaign 👉 https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress Michigan Center for Youth Justice

#ShutDownSequel Where Are We Now? --> Michigan has been the battleground state in the fight for #JusticeForCornelius. Since his tragic death, the state has shut down two Sequel facilities, cut ties with Sequel Youth and Family Services, and taken steps to ban use of restraints. While Michigan has taken many strides toward justice, we urge them to consider implementing long term solutions like cutting their reliance on for-profit child-caring programs. Read more about progress in our Shut Down Sequel Campaign 👉 https://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress Michigan Center for Youth Justice

On the one-year mark of 16-year-old #CorneliusFrederick's tragic death, we continue to #SayHisName & demand states prior...
05/01/2021
Shut Down Sequel: Progress Report

On the one-year mark of 16-year-old #CorneliusFrederick's tragic death, we continue to #SayHisName & demand states prioritize community-based care over harmful congregate care settings. Read the latest "Shut Down Sequel: Progress Report" from @NJJNetwork. #JusticeForCornelius http://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

One year ago today, #CorneliusFrederick was sent to the hospital after a deadly restrained at Lakeside Academy, run by t...
04/29/2021

One year ago today, #CorneliusFrederick was sent to the hospital after a deadly restrained at Lakeside Academy, run by the for-profit Sequel Youth and Family Services. Cornelius died from his injuries a few days later. We continue to #SayHisName and demand states #ShutDownSequel, end use of for-profit facilities, ban harmful restraints and bring youth home to prioritize community-based care. #ShutDownSequel #CorneliusFrederick #JusticeForCornelius Read the recent report from @NJJNetwork on progress made across the country to #ShutDownSequel. 👇👇👇http://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

One year ago today, #CorneliusFrederick was sent to the hospital after a deadly restrained at Lakeside Academy, run by the for-profit Sequel Youth and Family Services. Cornelius died from his injuries a few days later. We continue to #SayHisName and demand states #ShutDownSequel, end use of for-profit facilities, ban harmful restraints and bring youth home to prioritize community-based care. #ShutDownSequel #CorneliusFrederick #JusticeForCornelius Read the recent report from @NJJNetwork on progress made across the country to #ShutDownSequel. 👇👇👇http://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

04/29/2021
Press Conference: Criminal Justice Reform for Children

A bipartisan Congressional coalition led by Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-CA), Congressman Bruce Westerman (R-AR), and Congressman Tony Cárdenas is introducing a package of bills to change the way children are treated in the federal criminal justice system. This legislative package is intended to create more fair and age-appropriate accountability measures for children who come into conflict with the law and better align U.S. policy with universally accepted human rights standards. California and Arkansas have been national leaders when it comes to reforming the way the criminal justice system treats children. This bipartisan legislation is modeled after the policies in both states. Each member will speak about their respective legislation, followed by three formerly incarcerated youth who will explain why these policy changes must be prioritized in the conversation around criminal justice reform.

"This is not just a children’s issue, but an important step toward racial equity." 👇👇👇The time is NOW for New York to #R...
04/29/2021
Commentary: Arresting young children is cruel, damaging and ineffective

"This is not just a children’s issue, but an important step toward racial equity." 👇👇👇

The time is NOW for New York to #RaisetheFloor! Read the latest op-ed from Julia Davis, ED of our member
Children's Defense Fund-NY.

#UncuffKids #MinimumAge

New York made national new s when body camera footage captured police in Rochester...

Today, we released "Shut Down Sequel Progress Report", a one-year look at the campaign that calls for an end to Sequel Y...
04/28/2021
Shut Down Sequel: Progress Report

Today, we released "Shut Down Sequel Progress Report", a one-year look at the campaign that calls for an end to Sequel Youth and Family Services and harmful use of youth restraints. Please read, share and #SayHisName #JusticeforCornelius #ShutDownSequel http://bit.ly/shutdownsequelprogress

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.

We are excited to share the work our members Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana  Kansas Appleseed and Louis...
04/26/2021

We are excited to share the work our members Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana Kansas Appleseed and Louisiana Center for Children's Rights are doing with support from our COVID-19 Mini Grant Fund. Read about their work to protect justice-involved youth here:
https://www.njjn.org/article/rapid-response-march-spotlight-on-njjn-covid-19-mini-grant-fund-

We are excited to share the work our members Children's Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana Kansas Appleseed and Louisiana Center for Children's Rights are doing with support from our COVID-19 Mini Grant Fund. Read about their work to protect justice-involved youth here:
https://www.njjn.org/article/rapid-response-march-spotlight-on-njjn-covid-19-mini-grant-fund-

This month, we are highlighting the work of The Legal Rights Center and the Minnesota Coalition for Youth Justice. With ...
04/22/2021

This month, we are highlighting the work of The Legal Rights Center and the Minnesota Coalition for Youth Justice. With the help of our COVID-19 Youth Justice Response Fund, they created a Youth Justice Organizing Fellowship and assessed the resources available to young people in their community. Read more about their work to create systemic change here:
https://njjn.org/article/covid-19-youth-justice-response-fund-grantee-spotlight-mn-coalition-for-youth-justice

This month, we are highlighting the work of The Legal Rights Center and the Minnesota Coalition for Youth Justice. With the help of our COVID-19 Youth Justice Response Fund, they created a Youth Justice Organizing Fellowship and assessed the resources available to young people in their community. Read more about their work to create systemic change here:
https://njjn.org/article/covid-19-youth-justice-response-fund-grantee-spotlight-mn-coalition-for-youth-justice

We send our condolences to the family and community of Ma’Khia Bryant. As a society, we must create public safety system...
04/21/2021

We send our condolences to the family and community of Ma’Khia Bryant. As a society, we must create public safety systems that prioritize conflict de-escalation for everyone’s protection - not one that permits a shoot first, ask questions later mentality. Instead of meeting Ma’Khia’s distress with compassion and concern, she was criminalized and killed, stripping her of her humanity. Youth-serving systems, including the legal and child welfare systems, have an obligation to treat, support and heal young people living with trauma, not criminalize and kill them. We are steadfast in our commitment to creating a new vision of safety for young people because Ma’Khia Bryant, like Adam Toledo, like Cornelius Fredrick, like so many others, should still be here.

We send our condolences to the family and community of Ma’Khia Bryant. As a society, we must create public safety systems that prioritize conflict de-escalation for everyone’s protection - not one that permits a shoot first, ask questions later mentality. Instead of meeting Ma’Khia’s distress with compassion and concern, she was criminalized and killed, stripping her of her humanity. Youth-serving systems, including the legal and child welfare systems, have an obligation to treat, support and heal young people living with trauma, not criminalize and kill them. We are steadfast in our commitment to creating a new vision of safety for young people because Ma’Khia Bryant, like Adam Toledo, like Cornelius Fredrick, like so many others, should still be here.

Lifting up the statement of our member The Legal Rights Center on the ground in Minneapolis on today's verdict. We are s...
04/20/2021

Lifting up the statement of our member
The Legal Rights Center on the ground in Minneapolis on today's verdict. We are standing in solidarity with all who are experiencing deep emotions in this moment.

Check out our latest young leader profile featuring Kendra Marsh! Kendra is a mentor who encourages young people to come...
04/19/2021

Check out our latest young leader profile featuring Kendra Marsh! Kendra is a mentor who encourages young people to come forward with whatever ideas they have for youth justice reform. Read about Kendra’s youth justice work here:
https://njjn.org/article/kendra-marsh-explains-the-importance-of-listening-to-young-people

Check out our latest young leader profile featuring Kendra Marsh! Kendra is a mentor who encourages young people to come forward with whatever ideas they have for youth justice reform. Read about Kendra’s youth justice work here:
https://njjn.org/article/kendra-marsh-explains-the-importance-of-listening-to-young-people

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children  took a big step toward creating systemic change for youth in ...
04/18/2021

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children took a big step toward creating systemic change for youth in Louisiana. LA House Bill 100 will ensure that the Juvenile Justice Reform Act Implementation Commission (JJRAIC) will meet regularly and operate as it was intended to— to address the root causes of incarceration and support healthy development of youth! Read more here:
https://www.njjn.org/article/fflic-celebrates-policy-win-in-louisiana-

Families and Friends of Louisiana's Incarcerated Children took a big step toward creating systemic change for youth in Louisiana. LA House Bill 100 will ensure that the Juvenile Justice Reform Act Implementation Commission (JJRAIC) will meet regularly and operate as it was intended to— to address the root causes of incarceration and support healthy development of youth! Read more here:
https://www.njjn.org/article/fflic-celebrates-policy-win-in-louisiana-

Youth justice advance! Southern Poverty Law Center in Mississippi helped pass Senate Bill 2282, which raises the minimum...
04/17/2021

Youth justice advance! Southern Poverty Law Center in Mississippi helped pass Senate Bill 2282, which raises the minimum age of commitment from 10 years old to 12. Read about this win here:
https://www.njjn.org/article/mississippi-raises-minimum-age-of-commitment-to-12-

Youth justice advance! Southern Poverty Law Center in Mississippi helped pass Senate Bill 2282, which raises the minimum age of commitment from 10 years old to 12. Read about this win here:
https://www.njjn.org/article/mississippi-raises-minimum-age-of-commitment-to-12-

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Adam Toledo. To see the life and hope of a young person v...
04/16/2021

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Adam Toledo. To see the life and hope of a young person violently stolen by police is gut wrenching. Adam should still be here along with the vast possibilities that existed for his life. NJJN remains steadfast in advocating for police free schools and communities so all youth can grow old. #youthjustice #AdamToledo

Our deepest condolences go out to the family and loved ones of Adam Toledo. To see the life and hope of a young person violently stolen by police is gut wrenching. Adam should still be here along with the vast possibilities that existed for his life. NJJN remains steadfast in advocating for police free schools and communities so all youth can grow old. #youthjustice #AdamToledo

04/06/2021

Thanks to everyone who was able to join us for this afternoon's webinar! We apologize for the technical difficulties on Facebook. We'll get the video up as soon as we can!

04/06/2021

Hi all, we have had some technical difficulties going live for this afternoon's webinar! Our apologies! If we can get up we will, otherwise we will post after we are done. Thank you!

In 1 hour! Join us here on FB LIVE for our conversation on why states should #UncuffKids & #RaisetheFloor on the #Minimu...
04/06/2021

In 1 hour! Join us here on FB LIVE for our conversation on why states should #UncuffKids & #RaisetheFloor on the #MinimumAge for Prosecuting Children in Juvenile Court." 3 p.m ET/ 12 p.m PT!

In 1 hour! Join us here on FB LIVE for our conversation on why states should #UncuffKids & #RaisetheFloor on the #MinimumAge for Prosecuting Children in Juvenile Court." 3 p.m ET/ 12 p.m PT!

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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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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 .