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Hundreds come to D.C. for CJNY conference

The Community Justice Network for Youth brought more than 250 youth, parents and advocates from 19 states to Washington, D.C., in December 2010 to launch a “National Juvenile Justice Week of Action.” 

The initiative began with a National Juvenile Justice Conference that combined 30 workshops with art and performances by youth. The conference activities also included a 10-year celebration of the Network’s efforts to “Stop the Rail to Jail.”

The Network, a program of the W. Haywood Burns Institute comprised of community programs and grassroots organizations in 21 states, launched its “Week of Action” with a press conference on December 6, 2010.

The press conference included the personal stories of parents, formerly incarcerated youth and advocates, who told of abuse by guards, suicides by youth in adult lock-ups and successful alternative programs.

Members then headed to the Capitol to urge representatives to support the Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act reauthorization and passage of the Youth PROMISE Act.

"The midterm elections revealed that the administration and Congress need our base support," said Tshaka Barrows, program director of CJNY. "We will let our elected officials know we are willing to support them only if they work to reform this nation's broken juvenile justice system."

CJNY’s publication “Stopping the Rail to Jail” is available on the JDAI Help Desk.


Youth prepare to meet legislators.


Workshop on drumming at CJNY conference.