Luis earned his Bachelors  degree in Political Science from Loyola University Chicago. We are grateful to our international counterparts who shared their multi-decade commitment to the guiding principle of human dignity in the justice system. View more highlights from the report and additional research and resources on the JJI “Juvenile Detention Alternatives and Mass Incarceration” page,  HERE. The Council consists of members from academia, advocacy and government in … JJI allows young people who the Family Court finds to be juvenile delinquents to stay at home and receive intensive services in the community. Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee approves bill raising the age of juvenile court to 21. and respect from prison staff. HUMAN RIGHTS for all children in conflict with the law, including lawyers from the first point of contact, full confidentiality, and proportionate dispositions. 7. Ultimately, Illinois must rethink its current investment in juvenile detention. Read the letter here: April 15 Letter to Court        Among the actions urged by JJI and juvenile justice advocates are the following: We, the undersigned, urge the Court to direct local juvenile courts to take the following actions to protect children in conflict with the law: ************************************************************************. The Juvenile Justice Initiative works to achieve concrete improvements and lasting changes for youth in the justice system. By Elizabeth Clarke  Aug 26, 2019, 2:45pm CDT, https://chicago.suntimes.com/2019/8/26/20833794/juvenile-justice-initiative-reform-felony-murder-review-sun-times-elizabeth-clarke. Community-based programs, like Redeploy Illinois, have successfully reduced the use of incarceration after trial – we need a similar fiscal incentive to reduce detention before trial. Juvenile Justice Initiative, Evanston, IL. The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a co-organizer of the North America Council for Juvenile Justice. JJI is an alternative-to-placement program that is available in all five boroughs. Through the Girls Juvenile Justice Initiative Stanislaus County is in the Central Valley of California . Ensure confidentiality protections for restorative justice proceedings. Link to the ombudsman’s report on IDJJ-click here. Our state dollars supported 85% of juvenile detention personnel in 2017, but there was no state incentive to encourage the development of alternatives to detention. Suffredin) raises the age of detention in  Cook County from 10 to 13 – with a delayed effective date to give communities time to plan for alternative services and placement. We learned that human dignity in prisons in Germany means extensive educational and vocational programming, single cells, sufficient reading materials, unrestricted access to radio and TV, right to vote, self- catering, unsupervised visits. Pastor Ron Taylor was an honoree at our October 2017 event. What is Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI)? You can contact Betsy at [email protected] or (847) 894-4206. Close IYC Harrisburg and IYC St. Charles. Prior to coming on board at JJI, Luis spent the last four years as the District Director for State rep. Will Guzzardi, where he developed and executed the representative’s legislative agenda and budget. For example, they can steer them towards getting a G.E.D or job training, or place them with a mentor. (link to article listed below) …. We learned that applying juvenile sentences to emerging adults in Germany result in dramatically lower repeat offending rates than the U.S. adult sentences (25% vs U.S. rates of over 70%). Primarily through the Models for Changeinitiative, we developed tools and research that advanced reforms to make the juvenile justice system more fair, effective, and developmentally appropriate. See JJI’s April 14 e-newsletter regarding the police accountability task force report and pending legislation in Springfield. We learned that staff in prisons in Germany are carefully selected and highly trained – two years training – and that assault, let alone disrespect, of prisoners is not tolerated, period. Pastor Ron Taylor was an honoree at our October 2017 event. Cook County Ordinance  18-4955 (Com. For a link to Cook County Ordinance 18-4955’s fact sheet click here. The Kentucky Juvenile Justice Initiative Donate. JJI has raised the age of juvenile court from 17 to 18, ended automatic adult prosecution for 15 year olds, required lawyers during interrogation for children under the age of 15, ended detention of children under the age of 13 in Cook County, reduced incarceration by two-thirds and closed three juvenile prisons. https://jjustice.org/wp-content/uploads/JJI-Reforms-Letter-9_15.pdf, READ JJI’s LATEST REPORT on Failures in System Automatically prosecuting/sentencing Children in Adult Court:  Transfer Report 2020. JJI President Elizabeth Clarke quoted in Law Review article regarding Counsel at the Station House. “New York Sees ‘Drastic Improvement’ to Juvenile Rehabilitation.” NY 1 News, 3 Mar. Juvenile Justice. Deputy Peter Parry, Cook Co. Public Defender's Office and Jeffrey Howard, Legal Director of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (Ret. Below are JJI’s recommendations for the new gubernatorial administration, you can view the full transition report here. Cause The Juvenile Justice Initiative Public Defenders united! Ald. PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS. Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarke, J.D.,  is the founder and president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), a non-profit civil advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring human rights for all children and young adults in conflict with the law. The Juvenile Justice Initiative has advocated for the release of children from detention and prison, and for protections for children in conflict with the law: May 7, 2020 – JJI organized letter from advocates to Cook County Chief Judge Evans urging individual detention review hearings upon request by Public Defender:  Letter to Judge Evans, Response from IL Supreme Court: ILSupCrt 4-27-2020. PD), Legislative Updates from Around the Country, International Law and Convention on the Rights of the Child, Juvenile Detention Alternatives and Mass Incarceration, Department of Juvenile Justice Conditions, Read JJI’s statement on IL Budget: Full Funding of Prevention and Intervention Programming, JJI President Elizabeth Clarke and Board Member Amy Campanelli Address Public Defenders at National Summit, 50 Years After Miranda: A Look at IL’s Juvenile Justice System, Read JJI’s statement on the Illinois budget, Read the NYT’s Editorial on the Chicago Police Task Force Accountability Report. 2019. For a link to the proposed bill, click here. Luis Klein, Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships. Pastor Taylor was a great man of faith and action, and his loss will be felt around the state of Illinois, and especially in Chicago. Our thoughts are with his family and the UCCRO community. of elementary school age children in Cook County: 70 percent of the young people arrested in Illinois are dealing with mental health issues, Illinois Considers Raising the Age for Juveniles Going to Adult Court. JJI – Release Incarcerated Kids in IL – Media coverage JJI press release. We collaborate with other organizations, advocacy groups, concerned people, and state and local government entities throughout Illinois to ensure that fairness and competency development are priorities for youth in the justice system. The Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Initiative (MHJJI) facilitates the identification, screening, referral, and case monitoring of juveniles in detention who are identified as having serious emotional disturbance.The initiative is aimed at strengthening the linkages among the courts, probation, detention, schools, health care, mental health, and other community-based services. 1. April 15, 2020 – JJI organizes plea by advocates to IL Supreme Court urging protections for children awaiting trial in detention. It is our hope that the research and recommendations in this report will lead to improved policies and practices that will enhance public safety while expanding alternatives to juvenile detention. JJI Board members and honorees. JJI acknowledges the passing of Pastor Ron Taylor. PD). You can contact Luis at [email protected], or 773-318-2963. Improving the outcomes of youth who become involved in the juvenile justice system by eliminating the inappropriate use of secure confinement and out-of-home placement. Featured News. Schiraldi, Vincent. Read the full press release here: Press Release COVID-19 March 18 2. We are grateful to the Justice Lab at Columbia University for their leadership and collaboration. Deputy Peter Parry, Cook Co. Public Defender's Office and Jeffrey Howard, Legal Director of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (Ret. Our thoughts are with his family and the UCCRO community. IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative: Online Sectoral Workshop for Detention Officials Starting Date 2020-09-01 Ending Date 2020-09-04 Online Workshop On 1-4 September 2020, the IIJ convened the most recent in a series of sector-specific capacity-building workshops under the IIJ Juvenile Justice Initiative. Prior to the Juvenile Justice Initiative, Clarke served as attorney and policy advocate in both the Office of the Cook County Public Defender and the Office of the State Appellate Defender. juvenile justice initiative board 2019-2020 Chair : Michael “Mike” Rodriguez, Chicago Mike Rodriguez, the current Chair of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, has devoted his life … It hasn’t worked out that way. 608 (Issue 3, 2017). Pastor Taylor was a great man of faith and action, and his loss will be felt around the state of Illinois, and especially in Chicago. Pastor Taylor was instrumental in passing legislation requiring lawyers for young teenagers and children during interrogation. Juvenile Justice Initiative 413 W. Monroe, Springfield, IL 62704 2301 Sherman, Evanston, IL 60201 217/522-7970; 847/864-1567 www.jjustice.org Testimony in Support of Raising Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to 18 Elizabeth Clarke Co-Director & Founder of the Midwest Juvenile Defender Center President of Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative Luis has extensive expertise in campaign finance and field operations, and has worked as the Director of Finance for multiple campaigns, where he was in charge of donor cultivation and event management. It would gradually bump the age that young offenders charged with misdemeanors are sent to adult court from 18 to 21, if the court decides the case does not belong in juvenile court. We advocate to reduce reliance on incarceration, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state. 2. Safe Communities through Early Intervention, Diversion and Prevention at the Community Level. “   By CST Editorial Board  Jun 28, 2020, 8:00am CDT. 236 likes. Cook County Resolution: Cook County Children’s Human Rights Resolution. The report looks at the effects of the 2015 reform by the Illinois legislature limiting “automatic” trial of juveniles in the adult court, based solely on age and offense. To view more information on SB 239 – A bill that begins cases of older teens charged with misdemeanor offenses in juvenile, rather than adult court – click the following link: SB 239 Fact sheet, _____________________________________________________________. The forum was one step forward – now we must build the political will to ensure that all children and emerging adults receive humane treatment when in conflict with the law. View more highlights from the report and additional research and resources on the JJI “Emerging Justice” page,  HERE. With the adoption of the ordinance, Cook County is a leader in justice reform for the state and the country. Asst. Munoz, Norman Kerr, Kevin Rak and JJI Board Member Michael Rodriguez, JJI Pres. The bill has been assigned to committee for study and will be heard in the next couple of weeks. The Juvenile Justice Initiative The Juvenile Justice Initiative The second century of the Juvenile Court brings a new challenge—to create a statewide juvenile justice coalition to educate and advocate for legislation and policy based on sound research. The Juvenile Justice Reform and State Courts Initiative (JJRSCI) project is intended to complement, build upon, and enhance juvenile justice reform efforts identified in the strategic plans developed by states participating in the regional juvenile justice reform summits funded by the MacArthur Foundation and the NCSC. 3. What types of … Four ways America gets it wrong in prosecuting alleged teen offenders, The United States leads developed nations in punitive, cruel and inhumane practices against children and adolescents who come into conflict with the law. JJI acknowledges the passing of Pastor Ron Taylor. “DIVERSION” BASED ON AN ARREST IS NOT REAL DIVERSION – READ JJI’S TESTIMONY ON WHY POLICE BOOKING STATION FOR CHILDREN IN CHICAGO SHOULD BE DISBANDED: CHICAGO SUNTIMES echoes JJI’s call to close JISC (juvenile booking station in Chicago), “The purpose of JISC was to keep kids who screw up, but mostly just need help, from getting sucked into the juvenile justice system. Raise the age of juvenile court to 21. Link to media coverage of the House Appropriations-Public Safety Committee Hearing-click here. MANY THANKS to the speakers, moderators and attendees who made our June 5th Emerging Adult Justice Forum so inspirational. Our collaborative approach known as the “Comprehensive Strategy" brings together diverse disciplines to coordinate and enhance efforts that address juvenile delinquency and promote positive … To see photos from the event please follow the  Statehouse and Community link! NC Juvenile Behavioral Health Partnerships (JJBH Partnerships, also known as Juvenile Justice Substance Abuse Mental Health Partnerships) NC JJBH Partnerships is a statewide initiative to address the mental health and substance use needs of young persons and families in contact with the juvenile justice … The Cook County Board voted unanimously to adopt the ordinance on September 12, 2018. Luis Klein is the Director of Policy and Strategic Partnerships at the Juvenile Justice Initiative, where his work focuses on legislation and policy reform for youth in Illinois. Ald. The Juvenile Justice Initiative We supported research, training, practical interventions, pol… Betsy Clarke, president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative, said the adult court can only jail and punish, but juvenile judges can give alternatives to young people who have gotten in trouble. Like many California counties, Stanislaus has medium-sized cities, small towns, and large areas of farmland . JISC – Close It, Read letter from JJI and juvenile justice advocates calling for closure of JISC: JJI JISC Letter, HUMAN RIGHTS REFORM – CHICAGO – CITY AND COUNTY RESOLUTIONS Chicago Human Rights for Children Resolution   Calls for all government agencies affiliated with juvenile justice to review and compare their policies to recommendations by Convention on Rights of Child and Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty. For more pictures from the October 5th, 2017 fundraiser, please click here. The punitive juvenile justice system hurts young people, their families, and their entire communities. We are grateful to our IL stakeholders who traveled to Germany and reported on their experience, particularly noting the transformative impact and success of a system based on human dignity. The Juvenile Justice Initiative announces the release of their latest report on the transfer of juveniles to adult court in Illinois. End automatic adult prosecution, leaving intact statute that allows the prosecutor to petition to transfer any child age 13 and older charged with any offense – juvenile court judges will review prosecutor’s petition(s) and decide whether to keep a child in juvenile or transfer to adult court. Expand the requirement of a lawyer for every child throughout interrogation – especially in any case that could end in adult prosecution. In light of the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) urges the immediate adoption of two basic international human rights protections for all children and young adults in conflict with the law – end detention of children under the age of 14 and end incarceration for low level property and technical violations. TIME TO REIMAGINE JUSTICE for CHILDREN and YOUNG ADULTS: Testimonials from IL policymakers on viewing youth prisons in Germany in 2019: CHILDREN in Conflict with the Law need protections – especially during COVID-19 Pandemic. Betsy Clarke and Jenner & Block Partner Jeffrey Colman, Asst. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), Data Collection and Analysis. She is a frequent speaker and author, including Disrupting Injustice:  Fifty Years Post Miranda and Gault: A Call to Action to Re-Examine the Rights of Children in Conflict with the Law, 62 S.D.L.Rev. We learned that Germany and Croatia consider prison the Last Resort for juveniles and emerging adults – as a result, they have far lower incarceration rates than in the U.S. We learned that German sentences for emerging adults rarely exceed 5 years. The Juvenile Justice Initiative has released a report addressing the need for state realignment of policy and investment to create fiscal incentives for alternatives to juvenile detention. The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) works intensively with youth adjudicated as juvenile delinquents and their families in their homes to ensure youth remain at home, attend school, and participate in … An estimated 850,500 juvenile delinquency cases were processed in 2016, the most recent data available, according to the National Center for Juvenile Justice. Betsy Clarke and Jenner & Block Partner Jeffrey Colman, Asst. 212 likes. Juvenile Justice Programs provides support for juvenile offenders and promotes safe communities by focusing on the following goals. WUWM Radio, Milwaukee: 28 Feb. 2019. Public Defender Amy Campanelli is calling on lawmakers to implement a diversion plan like the one that’s been successful in the Miama-Dade area in Florida. Illinois has been at the forefront of JUVENILE JUSTICE reform for the past two decades, as this work continues we hope to reframe the justice debate. Not pictured, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke). JJI 3/18/2020 Statement on COVID-19 Response – End Detention under age 14 & End incarceration low level/technical violations. Connecticut General Assembly Judiciary Committee approves bill raising the age of juvenile court to 21. For a link to the full article, please click here. 5. Juvenile Justice Initiative, Evanston, IL. End detention of children under the age of 13.Reimagine Justice. (Pictured above from left to right: JJI Board Member, Michael Rodriguez; JJI President and Founder, Elizabeth Clarke; Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman; Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis; JJI Board Member, Paula Wolff; The Honorable Jesús “Chuy” García; and Pastor Ron Taylor. 4. While it is not as urban as Bay Area counties or Los Juvenile detention leads to higher repeat offending levels, lowers high school graduation rates, and results in more psychiatric disorders. According to the report “Stemming the Tide,” 30,000 young people have been arrested and 11,000 incarcerated in the state. 4/14/2020 The COVID-19 pandemic currently presents significant challenges for juvenile justice policy and practice. Juvenile Justice. The Juvenile Justice Initiative is a nationally-recognized advocacy organization launched in 2000 by the Foundation and the Woods Fund of Chicago to provide non-partisan policy leadership on juvenile justice in Illinois. Ananthakrishnan, Vidhya and Schiraldi, Vincent. “Columbia University Researchers Present Findings That Could Impact Juvenile Justice In Wisconsin.” Milwaukee Public Radio, Morning Edition. The Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) is the only statewide organization advocating for human rights for children and young adults in conflict with the law. Thank you to all who were able to attend and celebrate the 2018 Pastor Ron Taylor Justice for Children Honorees Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, Sen. Christine Radogno and Father David Kelly at our Statehouse & Community Together event at DLA Piper! From 1996 to 2019, we supported reform in 40 states with a goal of accelerating a national movement to improve the lives of young people in contact with the law, while enhancing public safety and holding young offenders accountable for their actions. Require a juvenile court hearing on the issue of detention within 24 hours for every child in Illinois. The report is available at JJI Detention Report May 4, 2018   According to the report: The findings of this report offer additional evidence that juvenile detention is a failed model. JJI President Elizabeth Clarke quoted in Law Review article regarding Counsel at the Station House. In light of the global outbreak of COVID-19, the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) urges the immediate adoption of two basic international human rights protections for all children and young adults in conflict with the law – end detention of children under the age of 14 and end incarceration for low level property and technical violations. See JJI’s April 14 e-newsletter regarding the police accountability task force report and pending legislation in Springfield. 239 likes. Juvenile Justice Initiative 518 Davis, Suite 211, Evanston, IL 60201 www.jjustice.org 847-864-1567... 847-894-4206 (cell) See More We advocate to reduce reliance on incarceration, to enhance fairness for all youth and to develop a comprehensive continuum of community-based resources throughout the state. Time to End Prosecution of children and adolescents in adult criminal court. Pastor Taylor was instrumental in passing legislation requiring lawyers for young teenagers and children during interrogation. We heard from a Croatian Judge that the U.S. issues with mass incarceration in our juvenile justice system result in part from our failure to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Effective Community Programming. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Seven in 10 juveniles arrested in Illinois have underlying mental health issues, and advocates are urging lawmakers to offer them treatment rather than jail time. 8. She said the goal is to make sure that punishments for young people who make mistakes don’t make things worse rather than better. SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — Legislation aimed at keeping juveniles on the right track is being discussed by Illinois lawmakers. In addition to JJI, Clarke co-founded the Midwest Juvenile Defender Center, and the North American Juvenile Justice Network, and was a founding member of the National Juvenile Justice Network. Rep. Laura Fine, D-Glenview, introduced HB 4581 this month. The Behavioral Health Juvenile Justice (BHJJ) initiative is a cohort of evidence-based programs designed to identity and divert justice-involved youth with mental health and substance abuse disorders into community-based treatment. We work to continually improve our juvenile justice system by concentrating our resources and efforts in prevention and early intervention while providing therapeutic services to those most in need. Elizabeth “Betsy” Clarke, J.D., is the founder and president of the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI), a non-profit civil advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring human rights for all children and young adults in conflict with the law. Legislative Updates from Around the Country, International Law and Convention on the Rights of the Child, Juvenile Detention Alternatives and Mass Incarceration, Department of Juvenile Justice Conditions, Chicago Human Rights for Children Resolution, Cook County Children’s Human Rights Resolution, the one that’s been successful in the Miama-Dade area, http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2018-02-26/criminal-justice/bill-would-raise-age-that-kids-go-to-adult-court/a61582-1, Juvenile Justice Initiative’s Testimony on Safety in the Department of Juvenile Justice, December 5th, 2017, Juvenile Justice Initiative Fall 2017 Newsletter, Read JJI’s statement on IL Budget: Full Funding of Prevention and Intervention Programming, JJI President Elizabeth Clarke and Board Member Amy Campanelli Address Public Defenders at National Summit, 50 Years After Miranda: A Look at IL’s Juvenile Justice System, Read JJI’s statement on the Illinois budget, Read the NYT’s Editorial on the Chicago Police Task Force Accountability Report. 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