CJJ Today

01
Jun

Support Emerging Leaders Attending CJJ’s 2016 Youth Summit!

CJJ is proud to be hosting our Annual Juvenile Justice Youth Summit, "Agents of Change: Rethinking, Reshaping, and Reforming the Juvenile Justice System," in Washington, DC this August!  The Summit brings together emerging leaders (under the age of 25) interested in juvenile justice reform. Last year, over 100 youth from 22 states attended our Youth Summit. Through the Summit, CJJ seeks to cultivate and empower a young body of juvenile justice advocates. We are asking YOU to join us in reforming our broken juvenile justice system by sending young people who have been involved with the system or are at risk for entering it.
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13
May

National Poll Shows Americans Want Less Lock Up for Youth

Earlier this year, the Youth First Initiative released a new national public opinion poll showing that overall Americans want less lock up for youth, overwhelmingly favoring prevention and rehabilitation of youth instead.
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12
May

LGBTQI Youth in the Juvenile Justice System: States Work Toward Improvements

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex (LGBTQI) youth are disproportionately represented in the juvenile justice system. About 13 to 15 percent of youth in detention self-identify as LGBT and 60 percent of LGBT youth arrested or detained are youth of color. Furthermore, it is estimated that 40 percent of girls involved in the juvenile justice system are LGBTQ. All of these rates are significantly higher than the widely used estimate that LGBT youth compose 5 to 7 percent of the general youth population.
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04
May

What City Leaders Should Know About Curfews for Minors

Curfew laws aimed at curbing youth crime and victimization often have unintended consequences – such as unintentionally criminalizing city youth and worsening outcomes for kids.
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