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  • New report: Raising the Age: A policy to cut costs and crime while keeping youth and communities safe

    New report: Raising the Age: A policy to cut costs and crime while keeping youth and communities safe

    A new report shows that over the past decade, half of the states that had previously excluded all 16- and/or 17-year-olds from juvenile court based solely on their age absorbed these young people into the youth justice system without significantly increasing taxpayer costs, and the number of youth in the adult system nationwide was nearly cut in half.

  • Get the facts, get involved and act for youth justice!

    Get the facts, get involved and act for youth justice!

    Every year in this country, as many as 200,000 youth are put into the adult criminal justice system, most of them for nonviolent offenses. In 22 states and the District of Columbia, children as young as SEVEN can be prosecuted as adults. Each year 95,000 youth are held in adult jails and prisons.

  • Check Out Our New Whiteboard Video

    Check Out Our New Whiteboard Video

    ICYMI:  Check out our latest video about how you can get involved to protect youth from the dangers of adult jails and prisons.

  • Congratulations to New York on Raising The Age!

    Congratulations to New York on Raising The Age!

    The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) welcomes the news that legislation to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18 has been passed as part of NY’s Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, worked extended hours to ensure that raise the age passed as part of the Executive Budget.

  • New Year, More Possibilities

    New Year, More Possibilities

    Last year was a pretty good one, at least for reforms and restrictions on the practice of transferring youth to the adult criminal justice system. Two states (Louisiana and South Carolina) Raised the Age of adult criminal court jurisdiction to 18, and two other states (California and Vermont) took away the power of prosecutors to “Direct File” children into the adult system.

  • Remembering Youth in Adult Jails & Prisons during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Remembering Youth in Adult Jails & Prisons during Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month.  This month, the National Alliance to End Sexual Violence (NAESV) and the Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) are partnering to highlight those vulnerable youth living in adult jails and prisons across the country as well as those laws and policies that can protect and support incarcerated youth if properly implemented. 

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Zero Tolerance: How States Comply with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

zerotolerancecoverThis report explores how states house youth under 18 in prisons in the new age of PREA compliance and enforcement. Furthermore, this report highlights national trends in juvenile arrests, crimes, and incarceration of children in the adult system.

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