Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Inc.

aka CfJJ   |   Boston, MA   |  www.cfjj.org

Mission

Citizens for Juvenile Justice (CfJJ) is the only independent, non-profit, statewide organization working exclusively to improve the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts. We advocate, conduct research, and educate the public on important juvenile justice issues. We believe that both children in the system and public safety are best served by a fair and effective system that recognizes the ways children are different than adults and focuses primarily on their rehabilitation.

Ruling year info

1994

Principal Officer

Mr. Leon Smith

Main address

44 School Street, Suite 415

Boston, MA 02108 USA

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EIN

04-3224860

NTEE code info

dren's Rights (Rhi)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (O01)

Delinquency Prevention (I21)

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Advocacy for a Fair and Effective Juvenile Justice System

CfJJ is the leading voice for systemic juvenile justice
reform in Massachusetts.  Our current
advocacy focuses on reducing the flow of children into the juvenile justice
system; ensuring that policies and practices within the system are
developmentally appropriate and promote effective rehabilitation; working to
end the treatment of youth as “adults,” particularly in the context of
sentencing in murder cases; and working to reduce racial and ethnic disparities
across the system.  Three current
projects that arise out of these goals are (1) the Massachusetts Child Welfare
& Juvenile Justice Leadership Forum, which brings together system leaders
to develop a shared vision for systemic improvement and to focus on reducing
racial and ethnic disparities; (2) the Multi-system Youth Project, which
examines the causes of youth in other systems of care (child welfare,
behavioral health) entering the juvenile justice system and seeks reforms aimed
at preventing their entry; and (3) the Community Responsive Diversion Network,
which seeks to engage youth and families in designing community-based
alternatives to court processing and confinement. CfJJ also speaks out on new issues as they arise and often serve as a source for media contacts. We lead or participate in multiple coalitions and advisory committees to help shape policy. Finally, we work to increase public understanding of the juvenile system through educational events, reports, fact sheets, and multiple forms of electronic communication.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

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Citizens for Juvenile Justice, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/31/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Virginia Benzan

U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

Term: 2015 - 2017

Rebecca Pries

Adolescent Consultation Services

Susan Wayne

Doc Wayne Athletic League

Jeanne Schuster

Ernst & Young

Scott Taberner

Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership

William Lyttle

The Key Program

Josh Dohan

Youth Advocacy Department, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Virginia Benzan

Visiting Clinical Professor, Suffolk University Law School

Christopher Perry

Morse, Barnes-Brown & Pendleton PC

Soledad Valenciano

Revocation Panel Attorney, Youth Advocacy Department, Committee for Public Counsel Services

Richard Barnum

Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in private practice

Daniel Nakamoto

Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell

Penelope Billington Hunt

Eastern Bank

Kalila Jackson-Spieker

Root Cause