Last week, CJJR and Fair and Just Prosecution held a convening at Georgetown University with more than 50 elected prosecutors and leading juvenile justice practitioners to discuss best practices and reforms aimed at improving how juvenile justice systems address the unique needs and challenges of children, youth and families.
Prosecutors from around the nation heard from researchers, advocates, experts, and youth who have been involved with the justice system, and toured the New Beginnings Youth Development Center, DC’s ground-breaking juvenile facility. These leaders discussed strategies to prevent youth from entering the juvenile justice system in the first place and how to treat young people who do come into the system in a manner that recognizes their circumstances, brain development, and potential for reform. The event was capped by a special visit from Philadelphia Eagles and Super Bowl champions, Malcolm Jenkins and Chris Long, who as part of the Players Coalition are advocating for justice system reform.
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