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Just Facts campaign

CfJJ launched its Just Facts campaign in 2007 to require all agencies in the juvenile justice system to collect basic, non-identifying, statistical data and share this data with the public. The name of the campaign was picked with care: The public deserves the facts because, without them, we can’t possibly make wise and just decisions about policies that have a profound effect on kids, families and communities.

Our partners in the Just Facts campaign include the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Task Force on Racial Disparities, the Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the American Civil Liberties Union and the law firm Proskauer (which generously provides CfJJ with pro bono assistance).

As a result of our efforts, race and ethnicity data is now being collected and shared by the Administrative Office of the Trial Court for the first time in over a decade!

In addition, under the skillful leadership of Senator Cynthia Creem, legislation (Sen. No. 1198) has been introduced to mandate that data including race, ethnicity, gender, age and offense be collected at all the key points in the system and shared annually with the public.

Here is just a sample of critical questions that we will finally be able to answer once the public gets the missing facts:

 

CfJJ Just Facts Resources

CfJJ Report: DataPoints | December 2011
Looking for the most recent data on the juvenile justice system in Massachusetts?
CfJJ recently published its first edition of DataPoints, a report compiling the most current data from police, courts, probation, and the Department of Youth Services (DYS). Click on the link above for more information about this report.

CfJJ Fact Sheet: “Just Facts”
March 2011

The Provider, "Mandate Collection of Juvenile Data"
February 2008