Register by Oct. 11!

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CJJR is excited to co-sponsor the 2016 Coalition for Juvenile Justice National DMC Conference which will focus on “Confronting the Crisis: Creating Pathways to a More Equitable Juvenile Justice System.” The conference will take place on Dec. 4-6, 2016 in Baltimore, MD, and early registration ends on Oct. 11th. Sponsorship is part of CJJR's commitment to assisting leaders within juvenile justice, child welfare and other youth-serving systems to create fair and equitable practices and approaches for all youth. This work is paramount given the research indicating that youth of color are disproportionately represented in the justice system and often face disparate treatment compared to their counterparts. 

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"An effective approach to youth justice will help enhance public safety"​

​By: Shay Bilchik and Marc Schindler

"With new crime statistics released by the FBI showing an increase in overall violent crime, including homicides, it is critical to interpret this data carefully so we understand its implications for our crime-fighting efforts. The good news is that we are far safer than we were during the crime spike of the 1990s -- a time where we saw an acceleration of policy choices that led directly to the “mass incarceration” challenge that policymakers across the spectrum are trying to shift away from.
Now is not the time to panic and lose the momentum we are seeing in justice reform. Instead, we should..." 


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CEEAS Sponsors Nationwide Coding Competition for Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities

The Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Setting (CEEAS) has opened registration for its fall initiative, Start from Scratch. The initiative begins with a two-day writing exercise. Students will write a script responding to a prompt exploring the theme of transformation from a personal perspective. The curriculum then transitions to instruction with the programming tool, Scratch.  Scratch is a free downloadable programming tool that can be used to create animations and games. Scratch supports basic to advanced programming and requires no prior programming experience. Students will then have five days to convert their script to an animation using the Scratch skills they learned. The initiative will culminate with a nationwide competition. 

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Shay Bilchik and Michael Umpierre Present at Nebraska Annual Children’s Summit 

In September, CJJR Director Shay Bilchik and Senior Research Fellow Michael Umpierre presented at the 2016 Children’s Summit in Kearney, Nebraska. Hosted by the Nebraska Court Improvement Project, the Summit welcomed over 500 individuals from across Nebraska to discuss best practices, promising programs and the latest research in juvenile justice, child welfare and other youth-serving fields. Shay delivered the keynote speech at the Summit’s opening plenary, offering remarks on ...