CJJ Annual Conference

CJJ 2023 Annual Conference, Council of SAGs’ Meeting, and Hill Day

May 24-26, 2023

Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Join us on May 24-26, 2023 at the Marriot Marquis in Washington, D.C. This year's conference theme will be "Reenvisioning Youth Justice: Treating Young People as Individuals." Click here to register. To reserve your hotel room, click here

A draft agenda is available here

Each year, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) hosts a national conference uniquely focused on improving juvenile justice and delinquency prevention systems, services, practices, and policies. More than 300 juvenile justice practitioners and advocates from across the U.S. and its territories are expected to join together for this unique event.  
This year's conference will focus on the latest research, developments, and challenges facing our field today. Specifically: 

  • How can we restructure current practices to ensure young people receive individualized services and supports? 
  • How can systems collaborate with one another to more holistically address young people's needs? 
  • How can states and communities serve as leaders in shaping a better juvenile justice system for our most vulnerable youth?
  • How can we improve collaborations with young people and families with lived experiences in the systems we work with?
  • What role does advocacy play as communities seek to improve services and provide trauma-responsive care for children and youth? 

Early Registration 
Nov. 1 - Feb 1

Member: $370
Non-Member $470
Student: $120

Regular Registration
Feb. 2 - April 15

Member: $480
Non-Member: $580
Student: $200
Late Registration
April 16 - May 20

Member: $580
Non-Member: $680
Student: $250

To register click here

Hill Day 2023!

CJJ and its Government Relations Committee will host their annual Hill Day on May 24th, 2023 to kick off CJJ's Annual Conference. Join us for this one-of-a-kind opportunity to let Congress know how important it is to support our most vulnerable youth during this critical time.

Congress needs to hear from the juvenile justice community to encourage them to:

  • Ensure robust federal appropriations for juvenile justice in the Fiscal Year 2024 budget; and 
  • Support reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act.

There are three easy steps to join in CJJ's Hill Day: 

  • Register to let us know you'll be participating. Registrants will receive tools to help support their virtual meetings, phone scripts for call ins, and social media activations.
  • Schedule a meeting with your Member or their staff. Click here to find your legislators and their contact information.
  • Get the word out on social media using #JJDPAMatters. 

Click here to let us know if you plan to join this year's Hill Day. 

Award Nominations

CJJ is now accepting nominations for 2023 awards. The deadline is March 3rd at 11:59pm EST. Past recipients can be found on our Awards page. Descriptions of each award and nomination forms can be found below:

The A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award is bestowed annually to recognize someone who has made outstanding contributions to youth, to the organization, and to the juvenile court system, as well as to the broader arena of juvenile justice. The award is named in honor of A.L. Carlisle, CJJ’s founding force. Ms. Carlisle was a volunteer activist who strived to ensure that the nation’s most troubled and vulnerable children would have secure futures. A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award recipients are role models for youth; have developed or implemented changes that have benefited youth; have contributed to the area of prevention; have worked with young offenders; and have spent years improving the juvenile court system.

To submit a nomination for the 2023 A.L. Carlisle Child Advocacy Award, click here

The Tony Gobar Outstanding National Juvenile Justice Specialist Award, named in honor of the late Tony Gobar, recognizes a state Juvenile Justice Specialist who has exemplified excellence in service to others; has been dedicated and committed to improving the juvenile justice system; and has demonstrated compassion and concern for youth and advocates.

To submit a nomination for the 2023 Tony Gobar Award, click here

The Spirit of Youth Award is given annually by CJJ to recognize and celebrate a young adult, under the age of 28, who has made great strides despite involvement with the juvenile justice system, overcome personal obstacles, and is today making significant contributions to society. The Spirit of Youth Award also provides CJJ and the public with an important opportunity to learn from a young person's direct experience about the hard work and dedication it takes to build a better life, and how juvenile justice professionals and systems can most effectively be of help.  

To submit a nomination for the 2023 Spirit of Youth Award, click here

The Marion Mattingly Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has demonstrated an exemplary commitment to the reform of the juvenile justice system and advocacy for the cause of youth who are involved in it. The award is given to an individual, regardless of profession or vocation, who has given a life of service through dedication and achievement in the field of juvenile justice, as an agent for change, and and a person who challenges the conventionality of the system. 

To submit a nomination for the 2023 Marion Mattingly Lifetime Achievement Award, click here.

Executive Board Elections
CJJ's members will vote during the 2023 Annual Conference for several key positions on CJJ's Executive Board. Positions up for election include: 

  • Regional Representatives (To view roles and responsibilities for this position click here. To apply for this position click here.)
  • National Racial and Ethnic Disparities Coordinator (To view roles and responsibilities for this position click here. To apply for this position click here.)
  • Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee Chair (To view roles and responsibilities for this position click here. To apply for this position click here.)
  • Emerging Leaders Committee Chair (To view roles and responsibilities for this position click here. To apply for this position click here.)
  • Treasurer (To view roles and responsibilities for this position click here. To apply for this position click here.)
  • National Vice Chair (To view roles and responsibilities for this position click here. To apply for this position click here.)

Sponsor and Exhibitor Information
Join us as a sponsor or exhibitor at CJJ's 2023 Annual Conference! To learn more about sponsor and exhibitor opportunities click here. To sign up as a sponsor or exhibitor, click here or email Naomi Smoot Evans at evans@juvjustice.org