New CJJR Brief Explores Structured Decision-Making & Diversion

 Reforms in Fairfax County, Virginia Highlighted 
We are excited to announce the release of a new issue brief authored by CJJR’s Amber Farn entitled, Improving Outcomes for Justice-Involved Youth Through Structured Decision-Making and Diversion. The issue brief examines research on structured decision-making processes and juvenile diversion programs. It also highlights the work of system officials from Fairfax County, Virginia who attended CJJR’s Juvenile Diversion Certificate Program and developed a Capstone Project designed to enhance diversion efforts in their jurisdiction. This included incorporating structured decision-making tools in the diversion process and working to track and reduce racial and ethnic disparities. Any juvenile justice leader or partner interested in expanding the use of structured decision-making and diversion should read this valuable resource!


Apply to the Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities Certificate Program by July 27th 

We are accepting applications through July 27th for the 2018 Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice Certificate Program. Held November 5 – 9, 2018 in partnership with the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, this program is an intensive, hands-on training designed to bring together teams from around the country with individualized support to reduce racial and ethnic disparities. With assistance from expert instructors, participants develop and implement a Capstone Project in their home jurisdiction to promote equity and improve outcomes for youth of color. 



Shay Bilchik Co-Authors Op-Ed in USA Today on Youth Sentencing Practices
Co-authored with Attorney General for the District of Columbia Karl Racine and Executive Director of Fair and Just Prosecution Miriam Aroni Krinsky

"Sometimes the Supreme Court gets it wrong. In the case of Bobby Bostic, the mistake will likely cost him his life in prison.

The court refused to hear the appeal of Bostic, a Missouri man who committed a series of robberies and participated in a kidnapping when he was 16 years old. Bostic, has been in jail for 21 years and will not be eligible for parole until he is 112 years old — effectively a life sentence.

Science has demonstrated that adolescent brains are different from adult brains..."