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A decade ago, Connecticut's juvenile justice system was in crisis. Today, it is a national model - diverting far more kids to community-based services and providing effective treatment for those who do enter the system. The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance was a key player in moving the state toward a more rehabilitative approach. But our work isn't finished. CTJJA is leading the fight to end racial disparity in the system and to stem the tide of kids entering through arrests at school.

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance

The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance has helped to dramatically reduce the number of children entering the juvenile justice system and pushed the state toward more fair and effective treatment of at-risk kids. As the only organization in Connecticut solely devoted to juvenile justice, the Alliance is the go-to source of information for policymakers and the media. It has set the agenda for reform and leads the charge on such issues as getting kids out of adult jails and prisons and stemming the disturbing growth of arrest as a tool for school discipline.

RYASAP’s Juvenile Justice Task Force was a founding partner of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA), a statewide advocacy organization for juvenile justice system reform. As a statewide advocacy group for diversion services, the Alliance has been instrumental in raising the age of jurisdiction and removing kids who have not committed crimes from the juvenile court.

Juvenile Justice Task Force
Through the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Pilot Program, the Task Force, in partnership with the Center for Children’s Advocacy and the Center for Children’s Law Policy, fostered major reductions in arrests of young people of color, and fostered agreements between the Bridgeport Police, Bridgeport Public Schools and RYASAP’s Juvenile Review Board to review arrests and divert youth to community services.

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Why Kids Get Caught Up in the Juvenile Justice System

Abby Anderson CTJJAExecutive Director Abby Anderson discusses the factors that get kids caught up in the juvenile justice system. Click here to read Abby’s article.

Join us for the Color of Justice

Color of Justice CTJJAMinority children enter Connecticut’s juvenile justice system at a higher rate than their white peers and are treated more harshly there. Research shows that these differences aren’t because of how kids behave, but because of the decisions that adults make. The “Color of Justice” is a film examining this problem. CTJJA has three Color of Justice forums set for 2014; January 7th in Waterbury, January 16th in Norwich, and January 22nd in New London.

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