CJJA Board President: Steve Lafreniere, Alabama

Newsletter, June 2021

As we seemingly are turning a corner with the pandemic, we look forward to being able to gather again with other directors, partners, and sponsors later this summer in Nashville, Tennessee.  The CJJA Summer Business Meeting is scheduled for August 13th – 15th and the agenda is currently being finalized.  The agenda includes a panel discussion with representatives from Café Momentum (article below).  We hope everyone will be able to join us for the Business meeting, topical discussions, best practice presentations, and networking.  The CJJA Staff will be sending out information about proposed By-law changes prior to the meeting.  I would ask you to look over these before the Business meeting.  If you have any questions, you can call the CJJA office or me.

CJJA and our members have remained very active over the last six (6) months.  The CJJA staff continue to facilitate leadership trainings and technical assistance for jurisdictions across the country.  Applications for new Facility Director/Superintendent Training cohort will be available in June.  The CJJA Committees have continued to meet and work on projects that benefit the entire membership.  For example, the Positive Youth Outcomes Committee is wrapping up a 3-part series on mentorship.  The final webinar was on June 7th.   Projects like these are important resources for our staff.  They allow for staff to share ideas across jurisdictions and learn new approaches and strategies, especially when travel has been so limited.

Our Regional calls have continued and have demonstrated their value for members especially during this pandemic.  We were able to learn from others directly and anticipate and respond quickly with prevention strategies and interventions during the pandemic.  Personally, the Regional meetings were a source of strength and support knowing I wasn’t alone in these challenges.

I look forward to seeing everyone this August in Nashville.  If I can be of any assistance to you, please reach out to me at stev

As we seemingly are turning a corner with the pandemic, we look forward to being able to gather again with other directors, partners, and sponsors later this summer in Nashville, Tennessee.  The CJJA Summer Business Meeting is scheduled for August 13th – 15th and the agenda is currently being finalized.  The agenda includes a panel discussion with representatives from Café Momentum (article below).  We hope everyone will be able to join us for the Business meeting, topical discussions, best practice presentations, and networking.  The CJJA Staff will be sending out information about proposed By-law changes prior to the meeting.  I would ask you to look over these before the Business meeting.  If you have any questions, you can call the CJJA office or me.

CJJA and our members have remained very active over the last six (6) months.  The CJJA staff continue to facilitate leadership trainings and technical assistance for jurisdictions across the country.  Applications for new Facility Director/Superintendent Training cohort will be available in June.  The CJJA Committees have continued to meet and work on projects that benefit the entire membership.  For example, the Positive Youth Outcomes Committee is wrapping up a 3-part series on mentorship.  The final webinar was on June 7th.   Projects like these are important resources for our staff.  They allow for staff to share ideas across jurisdictions and learn new approaches and strategies, especially when travel has been so limited.

Our Regional calls have continued and have demonstrated their value for members especially during this pandemic.  We were able to learn from others directly and anticipate and respond quickly with prevention strategies and interventions during the pandemic.  Personally, the Regional meetings were a source of strength and support knowing I wasn’t alone in these challenges.

I look forward to seeing everyone this August in Nashville.  If I can be of any assistance to you, please reach out to me at steven.p.lafreniere@dys.alabama.gov