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The Race for Youth Justice Reform Has Begun!
We Need Your Help


A great group of legislative champions filed bills that would advance significant reforms to the juvenile justice system - including reforms to prevent children and youth from justice involvement, to help expunge juvenile records, and to expand the rehabilitative services of the juvenile justice system to emerging adults.. More..

CfJJ Joins In the Call for Comprehensive Criminal Justice Reform in Massachusetts

CfJJ, along with over 70 other civil rights and social justice organizations sent a letter Governor Charlie Baker, Supreme Judicial Court Chief Justice Ralph Gants, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Senate President Stanley Rosenberg to address the clear and profound disparate treatment of people of color in our justice system. More..

Less Crime for Less Money | reducing unnecessary and harmful court processing for children & youth

CfJJ released our latest report, "Less Crime for Less Money" examining the current state of Massachusetts' pre-arraignment diversion options, the best practices as identified by the best available evidence, and our recommendations to enhance public safety, improve youth outcomes all while saving taxpayers dollars. Click here for details.

2016 CfJJ Leadership Celebration

Thank you to our guests, honorees and our sponsors for a successful Leadership Celebration!

More Information Here!

Juvenile Justice Forum on Diversion

Tuesday, July 19th, 3:00 pm

Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street

Boston, MA 02108


Learn from experts in the juvenile justice field about the case for creation of a formal diversion system that would reduce the large number of low-level offenses prosecuted in court and discourage over-supervision and unnecessary confinement. As the Legislature considers a comprehensive reform package (S. 2417) with their session heading to a close, this event will help shed light on evidence-based approaches to reform efforts in the juvenile-justice system. Speakers include Judge Jay Blitzman, first justice for the Middlesex Juvenile Court in Massachusetts and Vincent Schiraldi, senior research fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School's Program in Criminal Justice.and former New York City Commissioner of the Department of Probation.

This program is co-sponsored with the Boston Bar Association. Please RSVP here



Raising the Age of Juvenile Court in Connecticut

A conversation with
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy

Monday, January 25th, 6:30 pm

Wiener Auditorium
Taubman Ground Floor

Harvard Kennedy School
15 Eliot Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

Connecticut Governor Malloy proposed that his state raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction through age 20, and that a separate process be developed for handing cases for defendants and offenders under the age of 25. His proposal mirrors recommendations by Harvard Kennedy School researchers, and if enacted, would make Connecticut the first state in US history to raise the age of juvenile, or family, court jurisdiction beyond age 18. Click here for details.

Investing in Children, Supporting Communities

Thursday, November 5, 2015
Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology
41 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116

CfJJ's annual Leadership Celebration honored State Senator Karen Spilka and YouthBuild Boston Executive Director Ken Smith with the 2015 Juvenile Justice Award.


Missed Opportunities: preventing youth in the child welfare system from entering the juvenile justice system

September 29th, 2015
Massachusetts Bar Association
20 West St., Boston, MA 02111

Read the Report and the Press Release

Citizens for Juvenile Justice in partnership with KIDS COUNT and the Massachusetts Bar Association will released our latest report on children involved with the juvenile justice system and at least one other state agency. Click here for details



Juvenile Justice Forum:
Meet the Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court

June 23, 2015

Citizens for Juvenile Justice co-hosted with the Boston Bar Association a Juvenile Justice Forum at the BBA to meet The Honorable Amy Nechtem, Chief Justice of the Juvenile Court. Chief Justice Nechtem spoke about her visions and goals for the juvenile justice court in Massachusetts.


Judge Nechtem 


CfJJ's 2014 conference: Engaging Families in the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice System

CfJJ's 2014 conference was held on September 10 and featured keynote speaker Grace Bauer of Justice for Families.

Click here for a summary, photos, conference materials, and more!

Unlocking Potential: Addressing the Overuse of Juvenile Detention in Massachusetts

CfJJ's latest report on the overuse of juvenile detention in Massachusetts was released Tuesday, March 25 at a joint forum with the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center. Read more about the event and find out more about this report.

Governor signs raise the age bill into law

On September 18, 2013, Governor Patrick signed into law H.1432, which raises the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to include 17-year-olds in our juvenile justice system. Read more about our campaign to keep kids on the right side of the law.

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, convene, conduct research, and educate the public on important juvenile justice issues.


Our latest report:

Diversion Report

Read more about

Diversion in Massachusetts