Tina Frundt, Founder and Executive Director of Courtney’s House recently took time out of her busy schedule to talk with CJJ’s Senior Policy Associate, Naomi Smoot, about her work and her recent appointment to the United States Advisory Council on Human Trafficking.
Every day, it seems, criminal justice reform is in the news, and America finally seems to be taking the mass incarceration crisis seriously. Yet this focus has not extended to the progress made, and problems still faced, by young people caught up in the justice system. Although we are sending fewer young people to juvenile detention facilities, black youth are now even more likely to be locked up than their white peers, according to research collected by the Marshall Project. Unfortunately, this mixed record of progress holds true for our juvenile justice system generally; we've made a lot of progress in the way our justice system treats young people, and yet we still have so far to go.
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) envisions a nation where fewer children are at risk of delinquency; and if they are at risk or involved with the justice system, they and their families receive every possible opportunity to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.