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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 2015. You can access our webinar archive for webinars held in 2014 and 2013.
Racial Impact Statements
CJJ and its Ethnic and Cultural Diversity Committee hosted a webinar on Racial Impact Statements on June 1. Racial impact statements have been introduced into legislation to address differential impact on racial and ethnic groups. Several states have adopted legislation and some have policies in place to address disparate effects of new laws. Participants learned about the history of legislation and racial impact statements, as well as success stories in the states. Similar legislation could assist states in addressing the disproportionate minority contact core requirement of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
During this webinar, presenters gave an overview of racial impact statements, discussed recommendations for methods to assess racial impact, and discussed how these assessments can work in practice.
- Ashley Nellis, Ph.D., Senior Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project
- Brad Richardson, Ph.D., Research Director, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice; DMC Coordinator, DMC Resource Center and Minority Youth and Families Initiative; and Adjunct Associate Professor, The University of Iowa School of Social Work
LGBT & Gender Non-Conforming Youth in Juvenile Justice: Building an Equitable System with Data, Training, and Policy
Many juvenile justice systems don't know how many young people in their system identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, or gender-nonconforming (LGBT/GNC), and often lack appropriate services and placements that meet the unique needs of LGBT/GNC youth. Juvenile justice systems can take several steps to ensure that these youth are treated fairly and with respect.
On April 29, CJJ held a webinar on "LGBT & Gender-Nonconforming Youth in Juvenile Justice: Building an Equitable System with Data, Training, and Policy." This webinar provided an overview of issues that LGBT/GNC youth experience in the juvenile justice system, including the newly-released data from the National Council on Crime & Delinquency. Participants learned how data collection practices, staff training, and anti-discrimination policies can help build an equitable juvenile justice system for LGBT/GNC youth.
Improving Your Advocacy Skills: How to Make Your Legislative Visit a Success
CJJ held a webinar to help members and allies prepare for our annual Hill Day. During this webinar, participants heard from Bolder Advocacy, an initiative of the Alliance for Justice, about the differences between advocacy and lobbying. Participants also got the chance to learn key pointers for how they can get the most out of their Hill visits from Virginia Zigras, a member of Congressman Tony Cardenas' (D-CA) staff. Hill Day is open to all CJJ members, regardless of whether you have previous experience working with your member of Congress.
- Isaiah Castilla, Counsel, Bolder Advocacy
- Sara Matlin, Counsel, Bolder Advocacy
- Virginia Zigras, Deputy Chief of Staff & Counsel, Office of Rep. Tony Cardenas (D-CA)
If you have questions about how you can get involved in Hill Day, please contact CJJ Senior Policy Associate, Naomi Smoot at (202) 467-0864 ext. 109.
The Real Costs of Confinement and “What Works” to Improve Youth Outcomes
Juvenile justice systems have achieved substantial reforms, but many still struggle to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth. Many systems devote significant resources to confining youth, often at the expense of more effective community-based approaches, which would keep youth closer to home.
CJJ hosted a webinar on "The Real Costs of Confinement and 'What Works' to Improve Youth Outcomes" on March 30.
Presenters shared new findings on the actual costs of confinement, including collateral costs to society, such as missed opportunities to reduce recidivism and promote education. This webinar highlighted the core principles demonstrated by research to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Presenters also offered concrete recommendations and lessons learned from the field for translating this research into policy and practice.
- Marc Schindler, Executive Director, Justice Policy Institute
- Josh Weber, Program Director, Council of State Governments
- The Tip of the Iceberg: What Taxpayers Pay to Incarcerate Youth
- US Youth Incarceration in an International Perspective
- Sticker Shock: Calculating the Full Price Tag for Youth Incarceration
- Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice (Executive Summary)
- Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in Juvenile Justice (Full Report)
Protecting the Confidentiality of Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth: Access to Records, Expungement, and Sealing
State laws and policies may create significant obstacles for juvenile justice-involved youth in obtaining employment, housing, education, and other opportunities. These obstacles impede successful transitions to adulthood. Does your state do a good job of protecting the confidentiality of youth in the juvenile justice system? Does it make the process of sealing and expungement accessible to youth? CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) held a webinar on "Protecting the Confidentiality of Juvenile Justice-Involved Youth: Access to Records, Expungement, and Sealing" on March 4.
This webinar provided a national overview of laws on juvenile record confidentiality, sealing, and expungement, as well as core reform principles featured in the Juvenile Law Center's recent report "Failed Policies, Forfeited Futures: A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile Records". Participants learned about current reform efforts in Delaware and strategies to reform existing laws and policies in their jurisdiction.
- Riya Saha Shah, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Law Center
- Kirstin Cornell, Director of Operations, Delaware Center for Justice
The JJDPA: Updating Federal Law to Reflect New Reforms
The juvenile justice field has come a long way since the JJDPA was first enacted, and even since 2002 when it was last reauthorized. CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network held a webinar that served as an overview of how this legislation has helped drive reform at the state and local levels. Speakers also discussed how we can help ensure that federal policy reflects the new knowledge, advancements, and promising practices from the field, and how a reauthorized JJDPA might change the future landscape of juvenile justice practice.
- Lara Quint, Legislative Counsel, Office of US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI)
- Bob Schwartz, Executive Director, Juvenile Law Center
- Naomi Smoot, Senior Policy Associate, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Implementing an Adolescent Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice
Over the past decade, research has given us a new understanding of adolescent brain development. In 2013 and 2014, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) released groundbreaking reports examining the implications of this research, proposing a developmental approach in juvenile justice, and outlining the role of the federal government in implementing reforms. CJJ held a webinar on “Implementing an Adolescent Developmental Approach in Juvenile Justice” on January 21, 2015. This webinar described the key findings from the original NAS report and explore strategies and policies to effectively reform the juvenile justice system. Participants learned about the adolescent development research shaping new reforms and the recommended action steps for federal and state government, as well as State Advisory Groups (SAGs). Arlene F. Lee, Board Director of the Committee on Law and Justice at the National Academy of Sciences, served as presenter.