Upcoming Webinars and Trainings

Understanding the JJDPA Webinar Series 

Lawmakers have reauthorized the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act for the first time in 16 years, providing key updates to strengthen the Act's core protections for justice-involved youth. This series takes an in-depth look at the changes H.R. 6964 made to the Act. The series will explore changes to data collection requirements, State Advisory Group composition, and the core protections. See below for upcoming webinars. 

Shifting from Disproportionate Minority Contact to Racial and Ethnic Disparities

May 16 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 

Under the JJDPA, states are required to assess and address racial and ethnic disparities at key points in the juvenile justice system – from arrest to detention to confinement. Studies indicate that youth of color receive tougher sentences and are more likely to be incarcerated than white youth for the same offenses. With youth of color comprising one-third of the youth population but two-thirds of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, this provision requires states and local jurisdictions to create action plans to address disparities within their systems.

This webinar will discuss how states can shift from Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) to Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED), and provide examples of how states are addressing RED.

Presenters: 
Craig Hargrow, CJJ National DMC Coordinator, Deputy Executive Director of Juvenile Justice/Second Look, Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth
Trista Deame, Race Equity Coordinator, Office of Youth Justice, New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services
Naomi Smoot, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice

This webinar is free to CJJ members. To become a member, click here.

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Understanding the JJDPA: Girls and Sexually Exploited Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

July 11 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern 

Girls are disproportionately involved in the justice system for offenses that present little or no threat to public safety. The vast majority of girls who enter the justice system have experienced trauma, including sexual, physical, and emotional abuse.

For almost three decades, the JJDPA has required states to develop gender-specific policies for their juvenile justice system. The 2018 reauthorization expands upon those requirements, including eliminating the use of restraints on known pregnant youth and providing alternatives to detention for survivors of commercial sexual exploitation.

This webinar will discuss the changes in H.R. 6964 that affect girls and sexually exploited youth in the justice system and how states can continue to work towards addressing the unique needs of this population.

Presenters: 
K. Shakira Washington, Ph.D., MPA, Vice President, National Crittenton
Cherice Hopkins, Staff Attorney, Rights4Girls

This webinar is free to CJJ members. To become a member, click here.

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Reentry Planning: Supporting Youth as They Transition Back to Their Community

August 15 at 3:00 p.m. Eastern

Youth who come in contact with the juvenile justice system can experience numerous barriers when transitioning back into their communities, including obtaining employment, securing stable, safe, and affordable housing, and transferring school credits.

The 2018 reauthorization of the JJDPA sets out, for the first time, language related to reentry plans for youth who are returning to the community. This is a critically important step to ensure that young people exit the justice system to safe, stable, and secure housing. Research has shown that 44% of young people who are experiencing homelessness report that they have also spent time in a jail or detention facility.

This webinar will discuss the new JJDPA reentry requirements, how states can work with youth, families, schools, businesses, and community-based organizations when planning for reentry, and provide examples of successful programs.

Presenters:                                                                                                                                                                                     

Darla Bardine, Executive Director, National Network for Youth
Vazaskia Crockell, Director, Office of Juvenile Justice, Washington State DSHS Rehabilitation Administration
Naomi Smoot, Executive Director, Coalition for Juvenile Justice 

 

This webinar is free to CJJ members. To become a member, click here.

To register, click here