This week we’ve got a few new resources and updates for you, just in case you haven’t already got them in your own inbox.
In the Week Behind Us
Last week the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice released a report titled “Developmental Reform in Juvenile Justice: Translating the Science of Adolescent Development to Sustainable Best Practice“. This report is designed to assist local- and state-level organizations with incorporating “adolescent development research into their efforts to maximize improved and sustainable youth outcomes and system performance.”
Also last week, NCCRED in collaboration with the Wake Forest University School of Law and Justice Program, the Wake Forest Journal of Law and Policy and the Wake Forest University Rethinking Community series held its Community Policing Symposium on Nov. 3. The event featured a virtual lecture, a video presentation, and several discussions on how to improve relationships between law enforcement and the communities they serve. The summary for the event can be read here.
Lots of NJJN News
First in National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) news, we wanted to notify everyone that NJJN has released a call to action to combat racism. In their statement, NJJN acknowledges efforts in America’s history for civil rights and addresses the shortcomings of the juvenile justice system, particularly for youth of color, but also pointing out the marginalization of LGBTQI youth, children with disabilities and others. NJJN also asks juvenile justice advocates to evaluate how we have approached racial injustice, to identify leadership, and ask how we are held accountable. Please take a moment to read the full article, which can be found here.
Secondly, NJJN has launched a campaign offering recommendations to improve relationships between police and youth of color. They have a page on their website with a downloadable PDF with data and suggestions for distribution, and a press release template to help groups and individual advocates spread the word and get others involved.
Finally, NJJN has also announced that the Youth Justice Project will be hosting the #NJJNForum2018 in Durham. This forum will celebrate the passage of Raise the Age in North Carolina and address much-needed reforms, such as eliminating collateral consequences, remedying racial and gender disparities, better access to defense for youth, and stemming the tide of referrals from schools to courts. Currently, the organizations are seeking volunteers to join the Forum Planning Committee. Please email Alyson Clements for more details.
More Useful Info
Earlier this week, the North Carolina Bar Association published an article by Juvenile Defender Eric Zogry about the National Juvenile Defender Leadership Summit. In his writing, Zogry gives a brief account of his experience during the 21st annual conference. You can read his article here and check out the NJDC page for more info on the Summit.
The Pew Charitable Trusts has created a chart, offering a visual display of data released from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The data shows the declining rates of adjudicated youth from 2006-2015, by state. You can see the chart here.
From the On the Civil Side blog, Professor LaToya Powell’s has a new entry, “The Juvenile Court Counselor’s Role As Gatekeeper.” You can read Professor Powell’s latest post here.
…and a Final Reminder
We also want to offer one final reminder that the Center for Death Penalty Litigation will be closing applications for its new staff attorney position on Monday, November 13. You can view the full details about this position and how to apply here.
That is all for now. We hope everyone has a safe and relaxing Veteran’s Day and there is more to come soon, so be sure to check back with us!