CJJ Today

27
Feb

OP-ED: To Address Disproportionate Minority Contact Keep Status Offenders Out of Courts

By Marie Williams, JD Executive Director Coalition for Juvenile Justice All children deserve to be treated fairly in the juvenile justice system. Unfortunately, all too often, that is not the case for minority youth. Under the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act (JJDPA), states are required to address disproportionality of racial, ethnic and linguistic minority youth at every stage of the juvenile justice system, also known as disproportionate minority contact (DMC). In 2011, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention reported that only 34 states had implemented DMC systems improvement and delinquency prevention strategies. Those efforts, however, largely ignored a significant number of youth in the justice system: those at risk for, or charged with status offenses.
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12
Feb

My 2014 Wish List for a Reauthorized but Improved JJDPA

By Robin Jenkins, Ph.D. 2014 – wow. The time is a-aflyin’, isn’t it? So let’s get down to real business this year and reauthorize the JJDP Act. Not the baseline, compliance-focused, core requirements sort of formula that the JJDPA is known for. No, let’s re-imagine the JJDPA as perhaps JJDPA 5.0. My ‘New Year’ wishes include many things related to vulnerable children and social justice.
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21
Jan

Op-Ed: ‘Those Kinds of Kids’: Meeting the Needs of LGBTQ Youth of Color Charged with Status Offenses

By Bernadette Brown Senior Program Specialist, National Council on Crime and Delinquency Jay is a 16-year-old black lesbian. She was suspended for aggressive behavior when she stood up to defend herself against another student who harassed her because of her haircut and the baggy jeans she likes to wear. At home, Jay’s dad complains about her “looking like a boy.” Soon after, Jay begins skipping school because she is tired of being harassed by fellow students, and is arrested for truancy.
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16
Jan

Imaginary Lines

By Heidi Mueller Executive Director, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission Juvenile Justice Specialist, State of Illinois For as long as I can remember, politicians have rallied voters with promises of “protecting victims” by clearing our streets of all the “criminals.” The picture painted is simple: victims and law abiding community members stand on one side of the line, and offenders stand on the other. This victim/offender dichotomy extends well beyond the world of politics. Even in the advocacy world, an imaginary line seems to be drawn between victims’ advocates or anti-violence advocates and those who advocate for people in the criminal or juvenile justice system.
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