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  • Fewer Arrests, Empty Facilities, and Solitary Confinement: New York’s Raise the Age Law after 9 Months

    Fewer Arrests, Empty Facilities, and Solitary Confinement: New York’s Raise the Age Law after 9 Months

    New York’s Raise the Age law has been in effect for 16-year-olds for over 9 months now (it goes into effect for 17-year-olds on October 1 of this year).  The results are (mostly) good, and in line with what we have seen in other states.

  • Check out CFYJ's Summer Reading List!

    Check out CFYJ's Summer Reading List!

    In time for summer reading, The Campaign for Youth Justice is proud to present its Summer Reading list.

    Help support authors committed to writing about and raising awareness about ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

  • Freedom for Whom?

    Freedom for Whom?

    As the United States approaches its 243rd Independence Day, one reflects on who in our country is entitled to the freedoms of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” that are embedded into our Declaration of Independence?  Are we all truly seen as equals entitled to these unalienable rights? From the inception of U.S. Independence Day, it has been clear that only some Americans are granted such privileges.

  • Keeping Juvenile Justice at the Center of Reparations

    Keeping Juvenile Justice at the Center of Reparations

    On Juneteeth, June 19, 2019, the U.S. House Committee on the Judiciary held a hearing on H.R. 40, an act to create a commission to study and develop reparation proposals for African-Americans. Our summer fellow Marion Humphrey, Jr. wrote a blog this week highlighting how juvenile justice needs to be apart of the reparations discussion. 

  • Removing Youth from Adult Jails

    Removing Youth from Adult Jails

    The brief was released in response to the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (JJRA), signed into law on December 21, 2018. The JJRA reauthorized the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) for the first time in sixteen years and, in addition to many other important reforms, the law will now require states to remove all youth, from adult jails and lock-ups pretrial.

  • 2019 Summer Fellows

    2019 Summer Fellows

    Summer is here and CFYJ has a new class of summer fellows! Our 2019 fellow class represents diverse backgrounds from all over the country and have come to Washington this summer with one goal-- to help advance justice for young people. Learn more about their backgrounds and aspirations.

    Pictured left to right: Ashni, Ashley, Francine, and Marion

  • In Honor Of...

    In Honor Of...

     Today we remember Kalief Browder and the children who sleep in adult jails and prisons every night across the country. Anniversaries can be moments of celebration or they can be reminders of our losses and short-comings.

  • "When They See Us" Provides an Inside Look at the Power of Prosecutors and Media in Youth Incarceration Cases

    "When They See Us" Provides an Inside Look at the Power of Prosecutors and Media in Youth Incarceration Cases

    Netflix's highly anticipated limited series, Ava DuVernay's "When They See Us" chronicles the story of the tragic Central Park Five case about five teenage boys who were wrongly convicted of the rape of a white woman which they didn't commit in 1989, and the 25-year fight for justice following their conviction.

  • A.C.T. to End Racism

    A.C.T. to End Racism

    Many activists and organizers are well versed in the ways that structural racism drives unfair outcomes for youth who come in contact with the law.  It is well documented that despite a near 60% drop in youth incarceration and continued falling arrest rates that in many places racial and ethnic disparities are increasing despite reform efforts.

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Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

Issue Brief 436d4f0c934a75d6756d2d6699f9c298This report is in recognition of the 15th Anniversary of the Prison Rape
Elimination Act (PREA). PREA is a federal law enacted to address the
problem of sexual assault and rape in U.S. detention centers, jails,
lock ups, and prisons.

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