North American Council for Juvenile Justice

North American Council for Juvenile Justice.
Newsletter, February 2016

I. NACJJ NEWS

NACJJ LAUNCHES ITS NEW WEBSITE AND NEWSLETTER

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The NACJJ has been very active since its creation in 2014, following the First Meeting, working hard to organize the Second Meeting which took place from the 5-6th November 2015. Following these new developments, the Newsletter aims to update readers on the recent and future activities of the NACJJ, its members and the regional news in Canada Mexico and the USA.

Furthermore, the IJJO is happy to announce that the new website dedicated to the North-American Council for Juvenile Justice is now active: it will be the primary means of keeping up to date with the Council’s activities and structure, as well as a platform for collaboration among its members. Featuring a presentation of the Council’s activities, members, as well as details of its meetings, the website is designed to facilitate the exchange of relevant knowledge between members and stakeholders in the region.

If you wish to contribute directly to enriching the website’s content, by pointing out interesting news and publications to the IJJO staff, please contact: northamericancouncil@oijj.org

To visit the website www.nacjj.org

THE SECOND NACJJ MEETING TAKES PLACE IN TORONTO: FIRST DAY ON RESTORATIVE JUVENILE JUSTICE (05/11/2015)

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On the morning of November 5th, in Toronto (Canada), the Second Meeting of the North-American Council for Juvenile Justice (NACJJ) was officially inaugurated. The meeting took place from the 5th to the 6th of November under the title "From Theory to Practice: How to Strengthen Juvenile Justice Restorative Mechanisms in North America". [+]

SECOND DAY OF THE NACJJ MEETING: POLICY ORIENTED EVENT (06/11/2015)

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The second day of the North American Council for Juvenile Justice’s Second Meeting, which took place on Friday the 6th of November, consisted of a policy-oriented event in which participants could engage in discussions on policies and challenges facing North American nations, as well as the future steps the NACJJ would take. [+]

RESTORATIVE JUVENILE JUSTICE SEMINAR HOSTED IN CHICAGO IN PREPARATION FOR THE SECOND NACJJ MEETING

In an event prior to the Second Meeting of the North American Council for Juvenile Justice (NACJJ), the Juvenile Justice Initiative (JJI) and Illinois Balanced and Restorative Justice (IBARJ) held a discussion on November 3 called “Restorative Justice: The Northern Ireland Approach” in Chicago, Illinois, USA. This seminar was a key component of the process undertaken by the JJI, IBARJ and the Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission to review local, national and international restorative justice best practices as a means of submitting recommendations to the Illinois House of Representatives (pursuant to a House Resolution) to implement restorative justice in the juvenile justice system in Illinois. [+]

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GLOBAL STUDY ON CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY

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The UN General Assembly, in its resolution 69/157, invited the SG to commission an in-depth global study on children deprived of liberty. The preparatory work for the study, now in its early stages of development, is led by the Office of the SRSG on Violence Against Children, Marta Santos Pais. Ms Santos Pais invited representatives from civil society and research institutions to a meeting in New York on December 4 2015 to introduce the Global Study, discussing its scope, stakeholders, expected results and founding resources, and how these institutions can contribute to it. The IJJO was represented by its Director of International Affairs, Cédric Foussard, who was joined by Elizabeth Clarke, President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative and member of the North American Council for Juvenile Justice, who presented the recent activities of the Council in this region. [+]

II. EVENTS OF IMPORTANCE

MEXICO: 1ST LATIN AMERICAN REGIONAL SEMINAR ON JUVENILE JUSTICE - 2015

Deputy Ministers, Secretaries-General and Managing Directors from juvenile justice institutions from 11 Latin American countries have taken part, alongside their European counterparts, representatives from the European Union and international organisations, in the ‘1st Regional Seminar on Juvenile Justice’, held from the 30th of November to the 2nd of December in Mexico City. The meeting was co-organised by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO), Expertise France, the Technical Secretariat of the Coordination Council for the Implementation of the Penal Justice System of Mexico, and the Mexican Agency for International Development Cooperation ( AMEXCID ). [+]

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CANADA: YOUTH AND JUSTICE CONGRESS - 2017

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The Criminal Justice Association of Ontario in partnership with the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services and the Canadian Criminal Justice Association, will be hosting Congress 2017 at the Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel. The theme of Congress 2017 is Canadian Youth and Justice and plans are being developed for three days of discussion and exploration of the junctures between youth and the Canadian youth justice system. The Congress will highlight provincial practices, innovations, research and trends that are influencing change in the management of youth, to provide a national perspective of youth justice. An underlying movement of the conference will consider the expectations of the youth justice system within the context of a reviewed justice network. [+]

III. RELEVANT DEVELOPMENTS IN
JUVENILE JUSTICE

CANADA

Report: "More Care, Less Court" July 2015
New Brunswick’s Child and Youth Advocate Norm have released a report aimed at keeping youth out of the criminal justice system. The report looked at how well New Brunswick is administering the Youth Criminal Justice Act and made 10 recommendations [+]

Pilot Project
Ottawa and Queen’s Park are launching a pilot project aimed at reducing the high rate of youth in Ontario’s child welfare system who end up in jail [+]

New Federal Commissioner for Children:
Following the election of the Liberal Party’s leader Justin Trudeau in Canada, the appointment of a new Federal Commissioner for Children is imminent [+]

MEXICO

On October 8, 2015, Justice in Mexico launched a new report that provides an in depth of the current process of judicial reform in Mexico. The Criminal Procedure Reform in Mexico 2008-2016, by authors Octavio Rodríguez Ferreira and David A. Shirk, analyzes the process of implementing judicial reform in Mexico as well as the impacts of the reform on the federal and state level. It also shows some of the past, present and future challenges that faces the implementation. Overall, the authors find that despite obstacles to the reform’s implementation, significant progress has been made and will continue in the years to come [+]

Last term, in Mexico City, the IJJO presented a series of preventative measures and alternative mechanisms to solve controversies, as an input proposal for the development of the draft bill for the National Justice Law for Adolescents. The presentation took place in a series of specialized counseling sessions and in meetings, which were carried out with different commissions from the Coordination Council’s Technical Secretary for the Implementation of the Criminal Justice System (SETEC- Secretaria Técnica del Consejo de Coordinacion para la Implementacion del Sistema de Justicia Penal). [+]

USA

Obama speaks against solidarity confinement arguing prisons should be restorative places where inmates can learn the skills that helps them get a job [+]

The Supreme Court opens the case for life sentences of people trialed as teenagers to be reviewed, potentially allowing the inmates to make a claim or requests parole [+]

The PEW Charitable Trust: Juvenile Commitment Rate Drops 53% [+]

Fusion presents "A Crime against America’s Children: The Investigative Documentary About Juvenile Justice in America" [+]

Dan Malloy, the Governor of Connecticut, has recently suggested raising the age of family court jurisdiction to 21 [+]

Harvard Kennedy School Report: A Report on Young Adult justice where there recommendations are very similar to the Governor’s proposals. [+]

IV. DOCUMENTS OF INTEREST

RELEVANT INFORMATION CONCERNING CHILDREN DEPRIVED OF LIBERTY

UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/157 - Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 18 December 2014 on the Rights of the Child: Paragraph 52.d (related to the UN Study on Children Deprived of Liberty)

UN General Assembly Resolution A/RES/69/194 : UN Model Strategies and Practical Measures on the Elimination of Violence against Children in the field of crime prevention and criminal justice, adopted in 2014

Safeguarding the rights of girls in the Criminal Justice System: Preventing violence, stigmatization and deprivation of liberty

RELEVANT INFORMATION CONCERNING JUVENILE RESTORATIVE JUSTICE

Promoting Restorative Justice for Children
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children Report

Event on Restorative Juvenile Justice based on the Report: Expert Consultation on Restorative Justice From Concept to Realisation

OTHER DOCUMENTS RELATED TO JUVENILE JUSTICE

Expert Consultation on the impact on Children of Armed Violence in the Community
The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Violence against Children, in cooperation with UNICEF and the Government of Honduras, convened an International Expert Consultation on Children’s Right to Protection from Armed Violence in the Community.
http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/story/2015-07-08_1326
http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/page/1355

Safe and child-sensitive counseling, complaint and reporting mechanisms to address violence against children
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children Report

Prevention of and responses to violence against children within the juvenile justice system
Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children Report

Regional Model of Juvenile Justice Policy (Modelo Regional de Política de Justicia Juvenil) http://www.oijj.org/en/docs/publications/modelo-regional-de-politica-de-justicia-juvenil-hoja-de-ruta-y-recomendaciones-par

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