Partnership for Criminal Justice Reform, Neighborhood Safety, and Community Empowerment

NICJR has formed a partnership with Devone Boggan of Advance Peace and Rev. Michael McBride of LIVE Free to work in a select number of cities in California and throughout the country to reform local justice systems, reduce gun violence, and organize the community to advocate and sustain these initiatives.

The Partnership will also launch a Young Professionals of Color Fellowship, to help develop and mentor young professionals into their leadership potential. Check back soon for more information including the application process for the Fellowship.

Reimagining the Youth Justice System: Neighborhood Opportunity and Accountability Boards

The J.M. Kaplan Fund in New York recently awarded NICJR with an innovation grant to develop a pilot for Neighborhood Opportunity and Accountability Boards (NOAB) as a diversion from formal processing in the juvenile justice system. Youth accused of delinquent behavior will be sent to neighborhood councils where a group of community leaders, business owners, youth, and family members, will work with the young person, their family and any victim to develop a restorative plan to effectively address the delinquent act and improve the community. The ultimate goal is to transform the juvenile justice system to eliminate the use of the ineffective and expensive system.

Technical Assistance for Systems Reform

Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI)

PYJI is a project of the Sierra Health Foundation, which selected six California counties to implement juvenile justice reforms. For PYJI, NICJR is the lead Positive Youth Development (PYD) Technical Assistance (TA) provider. NICJR provides training to probation officers, helps Probation Departments establish policies and practices that engage youth and families and reduce probation violations, including the development of Response Matrices/Grids. NICJR also provides TA and consultation to the Foundation on implementation of the initiative.

Los Angeles County Probation Governance Study

NICJR is partnering with Research Development Associates (RDA) to conduct a detailed analysis of the LA County Probation Department. The Governance Study includes assessments of the Department’s juvenile facilities, youth and adult field divisions, as well as the administrative functions of fiscal operations, training, HR, data/IT, and procurement. The Governance Study will conclude with a series of recommendations to reform the LA County Probation Department.

Violence Reduction

Gun Violence Reduction Strategy

NICJR partners with the California Partnership for Safe Communities, to provide technical assistance and consultation to the Ceasefire strategies in the California cities of Oakland and Stockton.

CeaseFire, or the Gun Violence Reduction Strategy, uses a data driven process to identify the individuals and groups at the very highest risk of gun violence in a city and engages those individuals in direct communication to inform them of their risks and offer them support. The individuals are then enrolled in services, supports, and opportunities and also receive heightened law enforcement attention if they continue to engage in violence.

Oakland has achieved significant success since it implemented the Gun Violence Reduction Strategy. Read NICJR’s report describing the successful initiative.

Cities United

Cities United is a national initiative of 75 cities that have pledged to reduce Black male homicide rates. NICJR is a technical assistance provider for the initiative, conducting presentations, trainings, and policy development to member cities.

Organizational Development

Anti-Recidivism Coalition (ARC)

ARC is a support network for formerly incarcerated youth and young adults founded by Hollywood Producer Scott Budnick. ARC also advocates for fair and just criminal justice policies. ARC is a non-profit based in Los Angeles. NICJR provides organizational management consulting and fundraising support for ARC.

Community & Youth Outreach (CYO)

CYO is a community based organization providing intensive case management, street outreach, and school based services for highly at-risk youth and young adults. NICJR provides management and organizational development for CYO.

Federal Court Monitoring

Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (IDJJ)

NICJR Executive Director David Muhammad serves as the Independent Federal Court Monitor overseeing the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice’s compliance with the MH v. Monreal Consent Decree, which was issued pursuant to a class action lawsuit that was brought on behalf of youth in the system regarding the violation of their due process rights in parole revocation proceedings. NICJR is the Federal Monitor, overseeing compliance with the Consent Decree, providing technical assistance to IDJJ and submits quarterly reports to the Federal Court.

Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office – Antelope Valley

In partnership with the National Council on Crime and Delinquency, NICJR is a part of the Monitoring Team overseeing the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office compliance with a federal Settlement Agreement in the Antelope Valley (AV) cities of Palmdale and Lancaster. The federal Department of Justice sued the LA Sheriff who entered into a Settlement Agreement to make numerous reforms in the AV where it serves as the local police force. NICJR is overseeing the Settlement Agreement’s Community Engagement strategy.

Illinois Department of Corrections

NICJR has been named the Federal Monitor of the Illinois Department of Corrections and Illinois Parole Review Board’s Morales Settlement Agreement. The state’s prison system entered into an agreement to make sweeping reforms to its parole system. NICJR is the Federal Monitor, overseeing compliance with the Settlement Agreement, providing technical assistance to the Parole Review Board and issuing semi-annual reports to the Federal Court.

Foundation Support

Joyce Foundation

The Joyce Foundation, based in Chicago, which serves the entire mid-west Great Lakes region, has been a leading philanthropic investor in gun violence reduction. The foundation is considering an expanded new initiative to fund criminal justice reform. NICJR provided detailed assessment and an extensive report on foundation funding of criminal justice in the area, a landscape analysis, and a series of recommendations.

San Francisco Foundation (SFF)

Under its new innovative Equity Initiative, the SFF is developing a new criminal justice reform agenda. In partnership with the W. Haywood Burns Institute, NICJR is providing SFF with a detailed landscape analysis and a series of recommendations for the criminal justice initiative.