About

Mission

The mission of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance is to stop the criminalization of Connecticut’s children and youth.

The organization’s goals are to bring about these outcomes:

  • Fewer children will enter the system.
  • The justice system will treat all children fairly and effectively.
  • CTJJA will be sustainable.

The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance accomplishes its mission by serving as a catalyst for systems reform. The Alliance employs the following strategies in pursuit of its mission:

  • Legislative education and advocacy
  • Strategic communications
  • Community organizing
  • National, state, and local partnerships

The Alliance was launched in November 2001 as a collaborative of several Connecticut organizations, including RYASAP, the Center for Children’s Advocacy, and Connecticut Voices for Children.

After 17 years, our dedication to juvenile justice reform is as unwavering as ever.  In order to sustain the Alliance’s growth and momentum, we are implementing a strategic shift that will reenergize the Alliance’s mission and positively impact the organization’s credibility, effectiveness, and impact. 

CTJJA’s mission is to end the criminalization of youth.  That’s not changing. Our tactics in pursuit of that objective, however, are evolving along a natural trajectory that will bring us into full alignment with our most important allies — youth directly impacted by Connecticut’s juvenile justice system.  

We invite you to learn more about CTJJA’s strategic vision as outlined in our executive summary, “Building A New Table“.

Check the Issues section for in depth information about current initiatives. The Alliance has been a part of a number of successful reforms, including:

  • Connecticut Juvenile Training School slated to close in 2018
  • Initiatives on the local and state level to reduce arrests in our schools
  • Two reports that elevate youth voice as a key component of system reform
  • Raise the Age legislation passed in 2007
  • Reformed Family With Service Needs system

Download this PDF file to learn more about the Alliance’s portfolio.