Goals for 2015-2016:
Membership and Committee Structure: Assess current membership and inquire as to the expectations and interests in remain involved after sharing the goals for the year. Establish an executive committee to help with leadership and consistency for the committee. As well as establishing a committee structure to include both substantive areas and standing subcommittees, like programming for seminars and annual meeting presentations. The substantive committees might change, depending on the topical issues identified from time to time. Additional committees might include a long-range planning committee as a standing committee, and a publications committee.
Collaboration with the Section: Continue to collaborate with the Section on initiatives such as the work on body cameras and implicit bias. Coordinate with relevant agencies/entities to support the “raise the age” campaigns happening around the country.
Collateral Consequences Website: Continue to ensure that the work and ability to keep the website current and relevant to practitioners is an ongoing initiative.
Update of the Juvenile Justice Standards: Coordinate with the Criminal Justice Section on this endeavor through the assignment of a liaison.
Juvenile Life With Out Parole: Some of the agenda here will be affected by Montgomery v. Louisiana addressing whether Miller is retroactive. There are several initiatives by national and local groups looking at this, and perhaps we should empanel a substantive subcommittee with this as its focus.
"Gault at 50" -- 2016 Annual Meeting Presidential Showcase: Coordination with the Youth at Risk Commission in this effort. Retired Judge Peter Cahill from Arizona has been identified as one potential speaker who has gotten rave reviews about his presentation on Gault. At the Annual Meeting, an agenda item would be a discussion for the coming year to celebrate the anniversary of Gault.
Criminal Justice Magazine: Ensure regulation submission of materials to this publication.
Restorative Justice in Schools - Resolution: Working with the Section and the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, undertake the responsibility of preparing a School to Court resolution focusing on the creation of “color-blind” juvenile intake screen policies focusing on conduct which impairs public safety.
The Juvenile Justice Committee leadership is committed to distributing relevant and interesting news and announcements to our committee members. If you have relevant news or announcements, please contact Michael Pope.
Reexamining Juvenile Detention(April 2015)
The Burdens of Leniency: The Changing Face of Probation (April 2015)
Are We Criminalizing Adolescence? (Spring 2015)
Key Legislative Items:
The Juvenile Justice Committee stands behind the ABA in urging the legislature to reauthorize of the Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). More information on this pivotal legislation, including status of the current bill, can be found here.