The Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) Summer Business Meeting was held Aug. 3-5, 2018 at the Hilton Minneapolis with 45 CJCA directors and designees participating.

CJCA’s signature program, the New Directors Seminar was held immediately preceding the meeting on Aug. 3-5 and was attended by seven new directors including Tracy Dompeling, AK; Chuck Supple, CA; Cathy Foley-Geib, CT; John Stevenson, DE; Trevor Spiegel, NE; John Munoz, Nevada and Joseph O’Leary, OR. Evaluations from the training have been very positive and indicated this continues to be a very valuable training for directors.

CJCA held a PREA Juvenile Justice Convening on Aug. 2-3 in advance of the Summer Meeting where over eleven CJCA members participating. Topics covered included the Impact of PREA in Juvenile Detention facilities; how to manage PREA Allegations, handling staffing ratios and more. PREA experts presenting included Chuck Kehoe, Josh Delaney and Steve Jett. The PREA Resource center provided funding to help make the training possible.

CJCA’s Business Meeting held Friday afternoon included an election for CJCA officer positions for the 2018 – 2020. Guest presenters included Mark Soler, Executive Director, Center for Children’s Law and Policy; Susan Lockwood, Correctional Education Association and TeNeane Bradford from OJJDP, Core Protections Division. U.S. Following the Business Meeting, the CJCA Regional and Associate Members’ meetings were held.

An evening CJCA and PbS Awards Ceremony capped the day’s events. Click here for a link to the awards ceremony.

On Saturday morning, the Best Practices Committee, introduced the first presentation from the Pew Charitable Trusts: which featured a panel presentation on the CJCA Toolkit: Facility Closure and Strategic Downsizing of Juvenile Justice Systems. Dana Shoenberg, Senior Manager, Juvenile Justice, Public Safety Performance Project and Noah Bein, Principal Associate, Juvenile Justice, Public Safety Performance Project moderated the panel which included myself, Mike Dempsey, Executive Director, CJCA; Joyce Holmon, Deputy Director, Residential Services, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice; and Terri Williams Community Solutions, Inc., (former Deputy Secretary of Juvenile Justice, Kansas Department of Corrections). The CJCA Best Practices Committee was hosted by the CJCA West Region Members with Anders Jacobson, Director, Colorado Division of Youth Services (Chair).

Next there was a Best Practices presentation by Frank Martin, former Education Director, Oregon Youth Authority and Justice Education, World Possible. Frank shared his work with Technology on the Youth Campus and covered areas including concerns about technology; establishing a formal infrastructure and funding and resources. He reviewed the Tools used state wide including RACHEL Plus –
Closed Wi-Fi or Closed Wired Network. RACHEL Plus is a seamless, all-in-one, fully integrated wireless access point with internal storage and an easy-to-use educational content management and distribution system. He shared their work with Machining; Welding; Forklift; CAD; College – Two year and four year degrees; College – Industrial and Manufacturing Arts; High School Diplomas, when appropriate GED; ASE (Automotive) and and Drivers Education preparation.

Eugene Roehlkepartain, Ph.D. and Vice President, Research and Development with the Search Institute presenting on creating connections to help youth and staff succeed. He led an engaging workshop session on using developmental relationships to strengthen juvenile justice programming. The Search Institute is based in Minneapolis and has over 60 years Positive Youth Development work. The presentation reviewed the impact of positive relationships and it’s impact on juvenile justice programming.
The Saturday evening reception was sponsored by Dr. Bret White and Abel Screening was well attended.

On Sunday morning, the Positive Youth Outcomes (PYO) chaired by Peter J. Forbes provided an update on their work. The committee has focused on a series of Education Webinars in 2018 with expert presenters and topics such as: Classroom excellence in secure residential facilities; Behavioral strategies in the classroom; Technology in the classroom and living space and Obstacles and Remedies for the Re-Enrollment of Adjudicated Youth. This has been a very successful webinar series and the webinar (archives) can be found here.

Christy Daly, Commissioner of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice next provided an update on CJCA’s Data and Analysis Committee work. The Committee has had presentations from several Directors of Data Management and Analysis including Kelli Burmeister, Director of Data Management and Analysis for the Colorado Division of Youth Services who shared their Recidivism Study work. Ben Stoddard from the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections led a presentation on the Juvenile Justice Model Data Project and John Vivian with the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections shared their Juvenile Corrections Scorecard including metrics on 14 different areas of operations.

Jessica Stroop, Statistician/PREA Project Manager, Bureau of Justice Statistics joined the PREA Committee and provided an update.
The meeting concluded at noon on Sunday with lunch.

CJCA appreciates the generosity of our meeting sponsors to help make this meeting possible including: Abel Screening, Inc. (gold sponsor), Rite of Passage, Youth Opportunity Investments, and the Pew Charitable Trusts.
The Mandt System; Vant4ge; Performance-based Standards (CJCA Partner)
Chinn Planning, Inc.; Handel Information Technologies;