About

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE) is the only publication covering juvenile justice and related issues nationally on a consistent, daily basis.

In the past, traditional journalism organizations filled this function. Today, due to shrinking resources, there are large gaps in that coverage. The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fills the void.

Focused not just on delivering information, but rather on an “exchange” of ideas, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange fosters a community of support around the issues facing the youth of our country. Members are made up of people like yourself who are interested in doing what is best for at-risk kids, along with industry professionals who work with children on a daily basis and citizens of Georgia and around the United States.

Doing what is best for children means staying well informed on governmental policies and legislation, court rulings, educational trends, treatment, research, prevention programs and other factors that impact the quality of service delivered to the kids that need them most.

Based at Kennesaw State University near Atlanta, Ga., the JJIE primarily focuses on issues not only in our own backyard (in Georgia and around the Southeast), but across the nation. States around the country have a lot of freedom in how they develop and implement local juvenile services, yet - regardless of location - many stories can demonstrate universal truths about issues impacting children and their families in all 50 states. The JJIE does cover national stories, stories specific to other states and, occasionally, international news.

The JJIE was launched in Sept. 2010 as an initiative of the Center for Sustainable Journalism, a non-profit organization dedicated to the longevity of quality, ethically-sound journalism. The JJIE started with a Georgia-centric focus. Over time, work has expanded to cover a wider breadth of juvenile justice issues and news in large part due to an outpouring of support and need from our diverse community around the nation.

The Center for Sustainable Journalism, along with generous support from the Harnisch Foundation, has invested time, energy and start-up dollars to get the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange off the ground, but it needs your help to survive.

It’s up to dedicated community members like yourself to ensure the initiative has a long-term, sustainable future. Juvenile justice has been called a major civil rights issue of our times. If you value the in-depth and consistent work of the JJIE consider making a donation in support.

Can’t afford to make a donation? Do your part by sharing your knowledge of youth issues and their importance’s with friends, family, lawmakers and other within your own social sphere. Together we can ensure a bright future for the youth of today.


Our Mission:

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange is a reliable source for fair, objective, in-depth and empirically supported information provided by professional journalists and engaged, thoughtful community members to help the general public, practitioners, educators, parents, youth, funder, advocates, policy makers and lawmakers better understand issues impacting youth in this country – both singularly and as part of a larger child welfare, mental health and educational ecosystem.


Historical Perspective:

Back in 1954, enlightened editors in the South started the Southern School News, “a reliable source for fair, objective, in-depth, statistically supported information about the way school districts in the South were responding to desegregation.” The news service put a spotlight on the unabashed truth about school segregation in the South, and was a strong influence in changing a world-wide perception about race in America.

A similar spotlight needs to shine on juvenile justice, a civil rights issue of our times. We have begun to do that through the tireless efforts of our team of professional journalists. And it’s working. In just the first year the JJIE built an audience of more than 30,000 unique visitors each month with an average of more than 2,000 page views each workday.

Those that care about children, education, family and the law comes to the JJIE because mainstream media no longer covers these issues with enough insight to do these serious topics moral justice. Crippled by budget constraints, mainstream media rarely examines beyond the surface except when horrific incidents occur. This approach can result in bad public policy and regressive legislation. We, as a society, owe it to our nation’s youth to do better.

The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange takes a four-pronged approach:

1)   Great, in-depth reporting by professional journalists under the experienced quill of editor John Fleming.

2)   Commentary from experts, academic researchers, practitioners and dedicated members of the public in our ‘Ideas and Opinions’ section.

3)   Interactive engagement with our audience through traditional, social and emerging medias and technologies.

4)   Editorial, action-oriented positions by publisher Leonard Witt.