The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC)

The National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition (NJJDPC) is a collaborative array of youth- and family- serving, social justice, law enforcement, corrections, and faith-based organizations, working to ensure healthy families, build strong communities and improve public safety by promoting fair and effective policies, practices and programs for youth involved or at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. We work collaboratively on various reform efforts to improve the administration of juvenile justice.

The NJJDPC achieves its mission by engaging a broad spectrum of opinion leaders and stakeholders, including the voices of those most affected by the juvenile justice system, to:

  • Advocate for sensible and safe solutions to crime and delinquency;
  • Build and leverage policy leadership in the field; and
  • Serve as a clearinghouse for research and best practices within our nation’s juvenile and criminal justice systems.

STEERING COMMITTEE

Marcy Mistrett

Campaign for Youth Justice
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Marc Schindler

Justice Policy Institute
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Josh Rovner

The Sentencing Project
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Sarah Bryer

National Juvenile Justice Network
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Jody Kent Lavy

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
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Naomi Smoot

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
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Laura John Ridolfi

The Haywood Burns Institute
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Jason Szanyi

Center for Children's Law & Policy
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WORKING GROUPS

All members of the NJJDPC are encouraged to join a Working Group. NJJDPC Working Groups are responsible for developing the NJJDPC’s policy and strategy in key issue areas. Participation in a Working Group requires members to contribute time (sometimes weekly) and in-kind resources such as convening conference calls, developing data sheets and positions, photocopying, and conducting outreach with policymakers in Congress and to constituents in the field. Typically, Working Groups meet regularly in person. There are currently three working groups within the NJJDPC.

Act4JJ/Appropriations

ACT 4 Juvenile Justice (ACT4JJ) is a campaign of the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition composed of juvenile justice, child welfare and youth development organizations exploring opportunities related to the reauthorization of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which is overdue for reauthorization. This working group also tracks appropriation of federal funds for juvenile justice programs and services. Website: www.act4jj.org.

Working Group Contacts:

Naomi Smoot
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
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Marcy Mistrett
Campaign for Youth Justice
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IN-PERSON MEETINGS

Members of the NJJDP Coalition meet in person every other month from 1:30-3pm in a rotating location

WEBSITE

The NJJDPC website is www.promotesafecommunities.org. It features fact sheets, working group items, upcoming meetings and events, and ways to stay updated on the activities of the coalition. Please post a link to your website and check back often.

MEMBERSHIP

To join the NJJDP Coalition and sign up for email updates, contact Sarah Bryer at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..