CJJ Today

16
Apr

Getting Diverse Groups Talking about Race, Ethnicity and Justice

By Lara Herscovitch and Mallory LaPierre A critical first step to addressing disproportionate minority contact is getting people to face up to the fact that race and ethnicity may influence their own decision-making. The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance facilitated a series of forums that incorporated: a public television documentary about DMC in the state’s juvenile justice system, presentation by leaders on the idea of implicit bias, and an open discussion by attendees. These “Color of Justice” forums have led to changes in the way some juvenile justice actors do their jobs, and to advocacy by individuals and communities.
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03
Mar

The Time is Now to Protect our Youth

By David Schmidt, Executive Board Member, Coalition for Juvenile Justice There is a growing effort to protect our most vulnerable youth. So far this year, legislation has been introduced to reauthorize grant programs that assist runaway and homeless youth. The House, meanwhile, has passed an array of bills that attempt to improve responses for youth who have fallen victim to human trafficking.
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12
Feb

SORC Releases Infographic on Status Offenses

The Status Offense Reform Center (SORC) released an informative infographic on status offenses.

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18
Dec

Three States Lead the Way for Juvenile Justice Reforms

With help from The Pew Charitable Trust’s public safety performance project, lawmakers in Georgia, Hawaii, and Kentucky have recently implemented reforms to their juvenile justice codes.

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