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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 held in 2014. You can also watch CJJ webinar held in 2013 or 2015.
Child Trafficking and Juvenile Justice
Each year, roughly 100,000 children inside the United States are victims of child sex trafficking. Although many federal and state efforts are underway to prevent trafficking, and to provide better responses to victims, a number of these children are charged with prostitution and placed in juvenile detention facilities. Youth may also be charged with other offenses that are linked to their being trafficked, such as excessive absences from school or curfew violations. CJJ held the first in a series of webinars about human trafficking on November 19th. It included a discussion of what sex trafficking is, how it impacts its victims, and the history of U.S. responses to this complicated problem. Presenters also discussed the intersection of trafficking with juvenile and criminal justice, particularly for high risk populations like runaway and homeless youth. Current federal and state laws to prevent the criminalization of trafficking victims were shared, along with efforts underway among juvenile justice agencies, State Advisory Groups and others.
- Elizabeth Pfenning, Training & Technical Assistance Specialist, Polaris
- Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth
- Naomi Smoot, Policy and Government Relations Associate, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
You can watch the recording of the webinar here. Click here to access the PowerPoint. In addition, Elizabeth Pfenning referenced the following resources: the Safe Harbor Issue Brief and the 2014 State Ratings on Human Trafficking Laws, which rates all 50 states and the District of Columbia based on 10 categories of laws (including Safe Harbor) that are critical to providing a basic legal framework that combats human trafficking, supports victims and survivors, and prosecutes traffickers. Registrants can look up their individual state reports to see where they stand.
Exercising Judicial Leadership on the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders
Every day, juvenile court judges bring together a range of family members, attorneys and advocates, service providers, and others to inform decisions in the best interest of youth and to preserve public safety. Judges in many ways are natural convenors in the juvenile justice system. CJJ recently released "Exercising Judicial Leadership to Reform the Care of Non-Delinquent Youth: A Convenor’s Action Guide for Developing a Multi-Stakeholder Process," a tool to support judges seeking to do that work and have that impact.
This webinar focused on how judges can act as convenors and improve outcomes for non-delinquent youth in their communities. Presenters offered concrete steps judicial leaders and other juvenile justice practitioners can take to convene a multi-stakeholder process and illustrated these actions in practice by sharing their experiences leveraging their roles on the bench to make a difference in the lives of youth and families in need.
- Hon. Chandlee Johnson Kuhn, Chief Judge, Family Court of Delaware
- Hon. Karen Ashby, Judge, Colorado Court of Appeals
Juvenile Justice Reform And The Pew Charitable Trusts
Representatives from the Pew Charitable Trusts provided participants with information about the Public Safety Performance Project (PSPP). Presenters discussed reforms that Pew assisted with in Georgia, Kentucky, and Hawaii, and focused on the process for involving stakeholders, identifying potential areas for reform, developing policy recommendations, and passing the reforms. Presenters also discussed how these states are reducing their over-reliance on incarceration and shifting to a data-driven, outcome-based approach that utilizes community-based services and leads to improved outcomes for children, families, and communities, as well as reducing juvenile corrections costs.
- Sonja Hallum, Senior Associate, Pew Charitable Trusts
- Robin Olsen, Manager, Public Safety Performance Project, Pew Charitable Trusts
Ending Detention of Non-Delinquent Youth in Rural Communities
The State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) held a webinar on “Ending Detention of Non-Delinquent Youth in Rural Communities” on September 24. The presenters discussed the unique challenges that juvenile justice systems face in rural communities, as well as how some rural communities are working together to find creative ways to reduce the number of youth who are placed in secure confinement for status offenses. Participants learned how technology, early intervention, and collaborative services can be used to overcome these unique challenges.
- Hon. George W. Timberlake, Ret. Chief Judge, Illinois' Second Circuit
- Hon. Lisa M. Mantz, Associate Judge, Newton County Juvenile Court, Georgia
Civil Citations in Juvenile Justice: An Alternative to Punitive Sanctions
The State Training and Technical Assistance Center (STTAC) held a webinar on “Civil Citations in Juvenile Justice: An Alternative to Punitive Sanctions” on September 22. The webinar described the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice civil citation initiative. It also explained the research behind Florida’s civil citation initiative. Participants learned how implementation barriers can be overcome so that a civil citation initiative increases public safety, improves youth outcomes, and reduces costs. Participants walked away with a better understanding of how a civil citation model plan could be replicated in other jurisdictions.
- Mark A. Greenwald, Director of Research, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
- Theda Roberts, Civil Citation Coordinator, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice
Ending Universal Shackling of Children in Court
Children in far too many states are forced to appear in court shackled – often wearing handcuffs, leg irons, and belly chains connecting ankle and hand restraints. Ready to do something about it? Then check out our recorded webinar, "Unchain the Children: Policy Opportunities to End the Shackling of Youth in Court." In this webinar, co-sponsored by the National Juvenile Justice Network, presenters David Shapiro of the Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling and George Yeannakis of the Washington State Office of Public Defense and NJJN member TeamChild, discussed the practical, policy, and constitutional reasons to reform universal shackling practices and successful strategies for reforming shackling policies.
Click here to view the policy update on key strategies to end youth shackling on key strategies to end youth shackling. Watch the recording of the webinar here. You can access the PowerPoint presentation here.
Implementing Evidence-Based Services
CJJ and the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) co-hosted a webinar on "Implementing Evidence-Based Services” on September 17.
This webinar explained how jurisdictions and providers can successfully implement evidenced-based services in their juvenile justice system. Participants learned about creating agency and customer buy-in; strategies to address funding and fidelity challenges; heard about lessons learned from other states; and learned how to embed evidenced-based services in juvenile justice systems.
- Beth Ann Rosica, PH.D., Vice President of Administration for VisionQuest National Ltd and President of the Board of Directors for Advancing Evidence Based Practice
- Francis Mendez, J.D., MSW, Project Director at ICF International for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s National Training and Technical Assistance Center project, former Deputy Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Juvenile Services and former Chief of Staff for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families Juvenile Services Bureau
Using Title IV-E for Juvenile Justice: The Multnomah County Experience
Has your jurisdiction experienced a decrease in juvenile justice funding? Are you looking for funding to support home- and community-based services (e.g., alternative placements to detention)? Are you interested in learning how other jurisdictions have implemented a Title IV-E claiming program? CJJ hosted a a webinar on “Using Title IV-E for Juvenile Justice: The Multnomah County Experience” on August 21.
This webinar explained how jurisdictions can leverage Title IV-E of the Social Security Act to support programs and services in their juvenile justice system. Participants learned about Title IV-E, what types of programs and services can receive Title IV-E reimbursement, and how different stakeholders can support the implementation of a Title IV-E claiming program in their jurisdiction. Participants gained insight into the lessons learned from the thoughtful, collaborative process executed in Multnomah County, Oregon.
- Christina McMahan, Director of the Juvenile Services Division, Department of Community Justice in Multnomah County, Oregon
- Kimberly King, Senior Vice President, Justice Benefits, Inc.
You can watch the recording of the webinar here. You can also read the PowerPoint, sample court forms, a sample case plan template, a sample report, a guide to completing the CE 178, and a handout on placement responsibility.
Dual Status Youth and their Families: Altering the Human and Fiscal Toll Through Improved Youth and System Outcomes
This webinar highlighted the challenges and opportunities jurisdictions face in regard to their dual status youth population (youth known to both child welfare and juvenile justice) and introduced the Dual Status Youth Framework for Improved Outcomes developed and supported by the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice led by the Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps. Participants gained an understanding of the risk factors facing these youth both before and during system involvement and the resources and strategies that are available to support their jurisdiction in making positive changes for this vulnerable population.
JJDPA: Looking Back, Looking Forward
This webinar shed additional light on the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). Participants learned about the JJDPA's history, as well as the core protections that it provides for youth who are involved with the juvenile justice system. Presenters included:
- Carmen Daugherty, Campaign for Youth Justice
- Marc Schindler, Justice Policy Institute
- Jill Ward, Campaign for Youth Justice
ABCs of CJJ Membership: Exploring the Options, Benefits, and Future of CJJ Membership
Are you interested in becoming a CJJ member? Are you unsure if CJJ offers membership that meets your needs? Are you a CJJ member but unsure about your membership benefits? With three types of membership available (State Advisory Group, Organizational, and Individual), there are often questions regarding membership options and benefits. CJJ wants to ensure that prospective and current members are well informed about their benefits and wants to learn how it can better serve its membership.
CJJ held a webinar and open discussion on ABCs of CJJ Membership: Exploring the Options, Benefits, and Future of CJJ Membership on April 24, 2014. Participants learned about CJJ’s membership options and how they can become a CJJ member. Jessica Russell Murphy, CJJ's Associate Director of Member Relations and Office Administration served as presenter.
LGBTQ Youth and Status Offenses: Improving System Responses and Reducing Disproportionality
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth are twice as likely as other youth to be sent to a juvenile detention facility for committing “status offenses” such as truancy or running away from home. LGBTQ youth are also overrepresented in the juvenile justice system generally, and once in the system are more likely to be the target of abuse and violence, including at the hands of other youth. LGBTQ youth may also receive overly harsh punishments due to biased decision-making or misguided attempts to keep them “safe” through the use of unnecessary isolated housing. How can systems more appropriately serve youth who commit status offenses and are LGBTQ?
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Human Rights Campaign and the Equity Project held a webinar on LGBTQ Youth and Status Offenses: Improving System Responses and Reducing Disproportionality on April 2.
Participants learned more about status offenses and LGBTQ youth in the juvenile justice system. Current initiatives and resources to better serve this population will be discussed, including recommendations for how professionals can help ensure LGBTQ youth receive fair treatment, equal access to services, and respect and sensitivity from all professionals and other youth in the juvenile justice and related systems.
- Lisa Pilnik, Deputy Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice
- Robin Maril, Legislative Counsel, Human Rights Campaign
- Christina J. Gilbert, Director, The Equity Project