CJJ Today

08
Sep

Why the JJDPA Still Matters

By Marie Williams, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice When first enacted in 1974, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) revolutionized juvenile justice practice across the United States. While not commonly discussed as such, the JJDPA is, at its core, reform legislation. By establishing core protections for young people who come into conflict with the law (and incentives for states to adopt those protections), it codified at the federal level several truths that practitioners and advocates on the state level had already accepted as self-evident.
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01
Aug

Building the Next Generation of Juvenile Justice Leaders: CJJ and OJJDP’s 2014 Youth Summit

By Christine Milo On August 7-8, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) will welcome 130 youth advocates from around the nation to Washington, DC for our the 2014 Juvenile Justice Youth Summit. CJJ is co-hosting this year’s Summit with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). The theme, “Building the Next Generation of Juvenile Justice Leaders,” focuses on giving young people the tools to make a difference in juvenile justice reform.
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17
Jul

Juvenile Justice Reform Should Focus on our Communities

By Jerry Madden In the United States today, we have a problem with our prisons. We incarcerate our people at nearly six times the rate of most other industrialized nations, and yet we have higher rates of crime. While our crime rate has dropped substantially over the past 20 years, crime and our high level of incarceration continue to have massive social and economic costs to our nation.
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21
May

All of Our Children

By Angelo Pinto, Campaign Manager for the Raise the Age Campaign, The Correctional Associations of New York Governor Cuomo has announced the creation of a commission to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility in New York State. For many advocates this is a victory, however for many families and children this is a second chance at life. This is an opportunity for a system that is built on retribution and punishment to embrace the principles of forgiveness and compassion ultimately for the purpose of healing. The research has and continues to show that youth contact with the system is not an answer to public safety. It actually exacerbates crime, proliferates violence, reinforces hyper-masculinity, all the while making generations of youth (who are disproportionately black and brown and increasingly girls and non-gender conforming) disposable.
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