National Juvenile Justice Network Honors Two For Advocacy

Leaders. Advocates. Crusaders for juvenile justice. Two women, both intent on “changing the system,” have been honored by the National Juvenile Justice Network.
Utah attorney Nubia Peña has won the National Juvenile Justice Network’s (NJJN) 2019 Youth Justice Emerging Leader Award. Each year, the NJJN honors a person who is dedicated to reforming the youth justice system by advocating for the fair treatment of young people, promoting racial equity and actively working towards the use of community-based alternatives to incarcerating kids.

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Only One Alabama Program Works on Domestic Violence Plus Firearms

When Susan Shipman took a job as a bookkeeper at a women’s shelter in Anniston in 2003, she didn’t realize how close to her own home violence already was.

“I signed up for a flexible, part-time job,” Shipman, 57, said. “And I found myself in the movement to end violence against women.” 

By 2006, Shipman was the executive director of 2nd Chance Inc., a nonprofit safety and support organization for victims of domestic and sexual violence serving nearly 500 women and children annually in North Alabama.

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First Season of Podcast on Immigrant Youth

The JJIE Resource Hub staff are pleased to introduce the first season of “The Hubcast,” our new occasional podcast series. In these brief but informative episodes we will compile and present the latest facts and resources related to timely juvenile justice topics. The debut season of the Hubcast focuses on immigrant youth and the justice system and is available now on the Hub at our Snapshots page. Like our Snapshots, which are produced in partnership with the National Juvenile Justice Network, the occasional Hubcast series allow us to share information, resources and policy directions on current juvenile justice topics that span beyond the topics covered in our main Hub sections. Season one on immigrant youth in the juvenile justice system explores over three episodes the demographics of immigrant youth, relief options, consequences that stem from system involvement, policy recommendations from experts in the field and more. 

Each episode also has a “Show Notes” link, which includes the episode transcript and a list of resources for listeners who want to learn more.

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JDAI Shifts Focus to Overhauling Probation, Increasing Diversion

When the Annie E. Casey Foundation launched the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) in the tough-on-crime era of the early 1990s, politicians were labeling teenage offenders “superpredators” and states were passing laws making it easier to prosecute kids as adults. Rates of juvenile detention were skyrocketing.