Crime, Legal Related

Juvenile Justice Advocates International

Detention as a last resort for the shortest possible period of time.

aka The Children In Prison Project

Cambridge, MN

Mission

Juvenile Justice Advoctes International's mission is to advocate for policy reforms in the juvenile justice system and improve respect for human rights for the most vulnerable. Our vision is that children should only be imprisoned as a last resort in extreme circumstances and for the shortest period of time possible.

Ruling Year

2014

Executive Director

Douglas Keillor

Main Address

2905 E Rum River Dr S

Cambridge, MN 55008 USA

Formerly Known As

International Justice Consulting, Inc.

Keywords

International, Human Rights, Juvenile Justice, Rule of Law, Youth, Prisoner Rights, Mexico

EIN

46-3887790

 Number

0257981608

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (I01)

Prison Alternatives (I44)

International Human Rights (Q70)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Detention is a devastating experience for children. Overcrowding, unsanitary conditions, a lack of services, abuse, mistreatment and corruption are rampant. Children who spend even short periods of time in prison are twice as likely to suffer from depression or commit suicide, drop out of school and become addicted to drugs once they are released. According to a recent survey, 76 percent of juveniles in detention in Mexico have been abused or mistreated by the police, guards or prosecutors. In some states in Mexico, juveniles can be detained for up to 12 months while awaiting trial, and they spend as much as 22 hours per day in their cell. Children in poverty and ethnic minorities are the most vulnerable because they are nearly always denied bail or supervised release and are unable to pay bribes to receive better treatment in prison. Juveniles who have spent time in detention are the most likely to become criminals as adults, even recruited into gangs in prison, increasing crime.

Our programs

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Alternatives to Detention

Mobilization and Empowerment

Family Reunification Project

Where we work

Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Juvenile Justice Advocates International (JJAI) created our Alternatives to Detention Project to address these abuses. The Alternative to Detention Project focuses on systemic reforms to justice system processes and practices in four areas 1) reducing time to trial for detained children, 2) filtering out low-risk youth so they are not detained awaiting trial, 3) creating networks of community-based alternatives, and 4) monitoring conditions in detention centers.

Juvenile Justice Advocates International (JJAI) created our Alternatives to Detention Project to address these abuses. The Alternative to Detention Project focuses on systemic reforms to justice system processes and practices in four areas 1) reducing time to trial for detained children, 2) filtering out low-risk youth so they are not detained awaiting trial, 3) creating networks of community-based alternatives, and 4) monitoring conditions in detention centers. JJAI subsequently started our Mobilize Mexico Project, which works with local volunteers and churches to provided direct assistance to the most impacted children, including providing basic supplies to children from extreme poverty (underwear, shoes, and toiletries), providing transportation to families to visit and attend court hearings, presenting workshops and classes in detention and special events.

JJAI currently works in Mexico with the Mexican National government and a number of state governments. We hire, train and equip local teams in each of the jurisdictions where we work to walk along side local governments in implementing our strategies.

Our organization uses the following indicators: - Percentage of children arrested who are in pretrial detention. - Average duration of pretrial detention. - Percentage of children sentenced who receive a non-custodial or alternative sentence. - Percentage of children on release who comply with their conditions and begin a successful reintegration process. - Detention center staff who are trained in new policies and practices to reduce abuse and corruption. - Instances of abuse reported at detention centers. - Implementation of internationally recognized standards in juvenile detention centers.

Our projects in our pilot site of Chihuahua, Mexico had the following results: • Reduction of time to trial for detained children from 291 days in 2016 to 90 days in 2017. • Demonstration of a 40 percent reduction in detention admissions. • Development of a National Detention Filtering Instrument based on our Chihuahua pilot, that is now being implemented in 5 additional states in Mexico. • Detention center conditions audit showing a 42% compliance with international standards, which resulted in developing 12 recommendations and the creation of an inter-agency team to improve detention center policies and conditions. • Delivery of 120 Care Packages (representing 100% of the need met in 2017). • Transportation for 44 family visits (representing 100% of the need met in 2017). • “Know Your Rights” workshops for 135 teens and 52 family members. • Creation of a Family Round Table for families to advocate on their children´s behalf. • Network of 7 community volunteers and 6 church partners. We also are collaborating with the National Government to develop a National Juvenile Justice Model for treatment of children in the justice system. We published the first international study on the duration of child pretrial detention, "Children in Pretrial Detention: Promoting Stronger International Time Limits” and presented it before the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child. We have started three new projects replicating our model from Chihuahua, Mexico, in three additional states in Mexico.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

No

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

No

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No