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CJJR Recognizes 128 New Certificate Program Fellows
​​In 2017, CJJR inducted 128 professionals from juvenile justice, child welfare, and other child-serving organizations into the Fellows Network. Each Fellow was recognized for successfully completing a CJJR Certificate Program — an intensive training opportunity for organization and system leaders working with youth known to, or at risk of entering, the juvenile justice system.

“We are pleased to welcome our newest group of distinguished leaders in juvenile justice and other related systems of care into the Fellows Network,” says Shay Bilchik, CJJR Founder and Director. “With training and technical assistance from our staff and instructors, our Fellows are better equipped to successfully implement reform initiatives that positively impact the youth and families they serve in their communities.”​


Bilchik Shares Insights on Juvenile Justice as Part of Delegation to China 

Last month, Shay Bilchik, CJJR founder and director, joined a U.S. delegation to China to exchange ideas with Chinese Court officials on the operation of juvenile justice systems. He was formally invited by the People’s Republic of China’s Supreme Court and the Dui Hua Foundation.

Bilchik found the exchange between the US and Chinese delegates to be very insightful.

“It was a remarkable experience that I believe has set the stage for future dialogues and the greater exploration of each other’s work in this area,” he said.


CJJR Holds 5th Annual Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program

Last month, 46 participants attended the 5th annual Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice (RED) Certificate Program. Participating teams came from Arizona, California, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, South Dakota, and Virginia. The program also included five individual participants from diverse fields including prosecution, higher education, child welfare, and school-based and community youth services.

The program began with an in-depth look at race and implicit bias within the juvenile justice system, led by our partners at the Center for Children’s Law and Policy and Georgetown University Law Professor Kris Henning.



New Study Finds Hundreds of L.A. Probation Youth Had Previous Referrals to Child Protective Services

The California State Los Angeles School of Criminal Justice and Criminalistics, in partnership with the Children’s Data Network at the University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, identified a cohort of youth in Los Angeles County who were involved with the Department of Probation and conducted a retrospective analysis of the timing and degree of their previous involvement with the Department of Children and Family Services.

​Utilizing administrative data, researchers found that a majority of the youth had a history of maltreatment referrals, with many dating back to early childhood.

The study was conducted with support from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation and First 5 Los Angeles.  

Virginia DJJ Director Delivers TED Talk in Charlottesville

Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice Director Andy Block recently gave a TED Talk describing the challenging but rewarding process his department has undergone, and continues to undergo, to achieve meaningful reform.
Director Block is a member of the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network, which CJJR, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators and the Public Welfare Foundation host twice a year at Georgetown University to provide a small group of public juvenile justice agency leaders a convenient and comfortable “place” to have open and honest dialogues on juvenile justice reform issues.