Past Webinars and Trainings

CJJ offers numerous training and technical assistance opportunities at national and regional conferences, during webinars and live chats, and through technical assistance programs. Included below are resources and materials from webinars we have completed in 2016. You can access our webinar archive for the webinars held in 20132014, and 2015.


Collaborating for Change: Coming Together to Address the Intersection of Juvenile Justice and Youth Homelessness

Each year, an estimated 380,000 children below the age of 18 are alone, without their families or a place to call home. Many of these children will come into contact with the juvenile justice system. Interviews with 654 runaway and homeless youth revealed that nearly 44 percent had stayed in a jail, prison, or juvenile detention facility, and nearly 78 percent had at least one previous interaction with law enforcement. 

On July 13, CJJ held a webinar on "Collaborating for Change: Coming Together to Address the Intersection of Juvenile Justice and Homelessness." Participants learned more about the ways communities can work together to identify and assist unaccompanied homeless children. Presenters also discussed the important role that collaboration plays in addressing the intersection of homelessness and juvenile justice. 


Speakers included: 


Click here for the webinar recording. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation. 


Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System

Youth and young adults in contact with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems experience numerous barriers to securing stable, safe, and affordable housing. Many are disengaged from their families or have histories of abuse and other traumas, putting them at a greater risk of homelessness. Youth and young adults involved in the justice system often have mental health and substance use issues, which can present further challenges to securing housing.

CJJ and the National Reentry Resource Center held a webinar on June 30 on: "Addressing the Housing Needs of Youth and Young Adults in Contact with the Justice System." During this webinar, participants learned about:

  • Current data and trends on youth and young adult homelessness;
  • How homelessness intersects with the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems; and
  • Lessons learned and promising strategies to connect youth and young adults in contact with the justice system to safe, stable, and affordable housing.


Presenters included:


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Gault at 50: Ensuring Counsel for LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Access to counsel for children means more than representation in court. It means having an advocate who will value clients’ stories, hear their concerns, and fight for fair and equitable outcomes throughout the entirety of the case. The attorney-client relationship is especially important for LGBTQ youth, who may be struggling with difficult and deeply personal situations at home, school, or in their communities. During Pride Month, we honored the progress of the LGBTQ advocacy movement, but we must also work to lift up the voices of LGBTQ youth too often stifled in our courtrooms and in our prisons. 

On June 29, CJJ hosted a webinar on “Gault at 50: Ensuring Counsel for LGBTQ Youth in the Juvenile Justice System.” This webinar provided an overview of the National Juvenile Defender Center’s Gault at 50 Campaign and the issues young people face accessing counsel and other due process protections. Attendees learned more about the latest research on the criminalization of LGBTQ youth from the Movement Advancement Project. Presenters also shared information and recommendations on how attorneys and other juvenile justice stakeholders can ensure the promise of Gault is met for LGBTQ youth around the country.

Presenters included: 


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Electronic Monitoring of Youth in Trouble with the Law: A Reassessment

Electronic monitoring of youth in the juvenile justice system has become increasingly commonplace, with little to no regulation or oversight. However, it raises significant concerns, including: the possibility of net widening; severe deprivations of liberty for youth; racially-biased application; and little research to support its efficacy. 

On June 23, CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network co-hosted a webinar on, "Electronic Monitoring of Youth in Trouble with the Law: A Reassessment." During the webinar, presenters reexamined the use of electronic monitoring and discussed whether it should be viewed more as a form of punishment than as an alternative to incarceration. The presentation drew on research and analysis done by Kate Weisburd, director of the Youth Defender Clinic, which is affiliated with U.C. Berkeley Law School, and the first-hand experiences of electronic monitoring shared by two young advocates with the Anti-Recidivism Coalition.

Presenters included: 


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Youth with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: Education and the Juvenile Justice System

All too often youth come into contact with the juvenile justice system based upon behaviors that happen while they are at school. But what happens when these behaviors stem from an unmet or undiagnosed need stemming from the student's intellectual or developmental disability? CJJ held a webinar on May 27 where participants learned more about ways in which students can be pushed out of their schools, the rights that students with special needs have when these situations arise, and how communities can eliminate unnecessary referrals to the juvenile justice system. 

Presenters included: 

  • Selene Almazan, Legal Director, Council of Parent Attorneys and Advocates 
  • Diane Smith Howard, Senior Staff Attorney, National Disability Rights Network 


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Civics 101: How Congress Works & How You Can Exercise Your Right to Advocate

CJJ held a webinar on "Civics 101: How Congress Works & How You Can Exercise Your Right to Advocate" on March 16. This webinar, hosted by CJJ's Government Relations Committee, gave a refresher course on how a bill becomes a law. Speakers responded to the following questions: 

  • What must happen between a bill’s introduction and the president’s signature?
  • What role can individuals and organizations play along the way?
  • What are the steps in the legislative process?
  • What is the difference between advocacy and lobbying?


Presenters included: 

  • Jill Ward, Federal Policy Consultant, Campaign for Youth Justice  
  • Derek Lawlor, Associate, Covington and Burling LLP


Click here to view the presentation. 


Youth with Intellectual and Development Disabilities in Juvenile Justice

Studies estimate 65-70% of youth involved with the juvenile justice system meet the requirements for a disability. However, juvenile justice systems often lack adequate strategies and processes to identify and serve these young people.

CJJ held a webinar on "Youth with Intellectual and Development Disabilities in Juvenile Justice" on February 16.

This webinar provided an overview of the issues that youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities experience in the juvenile justice system. Participants unpacked how intellectual and developmental disabilities can affect behavior, how those behaviors are perceived, and how such perceptions can increase risk for system involvement. The webinar introduced strategies for communities to better identify disabilities. It also focused on how to meet the needs of this specific population within the system, from diversion, to improving conditions within confinement, and preparing them for success upon release.

Presenters included:


Click here to watch a recording of the webinar. Click here for the PowerPoint presentation, which includes a transcript. You can also view the following resources from the webinar: