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  • Stories from Mothers of Incarcerated Youth

    Stories from Mothers of Incarcerated Youth

    As Mother’s Day approaches, we set aside time to celebrate and honor those who have played a maternal role in our lives. For many people, this day is filled with gratitude and joy as they are able to spend time with their families. Still, for many children and mothers, today surfaces feelings of isolation and pain.

  • On This National Day of Prayer: A Prayer for Incarcerated Youth During the COVID-19 Health Pandemic

    On This National Day of Prayer: A Prayer for Incarcerated Youth During the COVID-19 Health Pandemic

    May 7th is National Day of Prayer. In 1952, Congress set aside the first Thursday in May as a National Day of Prayer, calling for people of all faiths to pray for our nation. Check out our blog by CFYJ Vice President of Communications, Aprill O. Turner with a special prayer for our children across the country incarcerated as adults during COVID-19.

  • CFYJ Applauds Illinois For Commuting Brian Harrington's Sentence

    CFYJ Applauds Illinois For Commuting Brian Harrington's Sentence

    Illinois Gov. J.B Pritzker granted clemency to more than 1,000 incarcerated individuals including Brian Harrington, who at age 14 was prosecuted as an adult and sentenced to 25 years under the state’s truth in sentencing law. There are other stories like Brian’s, during the COVID-19 health pandemic, now is the time for states to step up.

  • 2020: Good Bills, Insufficient COVID-19 Response

    2020: Good Bills, Insufficient COVID-19 Response

    The COVID-19 pandemic, among many other things, cut state legislative sessions short, and naturally shifted attention away from policy and towards emergency responses, which have been slow and woefully inadequate compared to the scale of the crisis. Check out our latest blog by CFYJ State Campaigns Director Brian Evans.

  • Counting Incarcerated People on the 2020 Census

    Counting Incarcerated People on the 2020 Census

    During this time when political power can make real and tangible changes in our country, it is extremely important to create an accurate depiction of the country’s composition on the 2020 census. Read our latest blog by CFYJ Fellow Maddie Susi on the importance of the Census and correctly counting incarcerated individuals.

  • Supporting Survivors During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    Supporting Survivors During Sexual Assault Awareness Month

    April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), a time to support those who have been victims of sexual assault and to promote awareness on the sexual victimization that is still prevalent in our society. Check our our latest blog by CFYJ fellow, Madeleine Susi.

  • A Message From CFYJ CEO Marcy Mistrett

    A Message From CFYJ CEO Marcy Mistrett

    Please read this very important message from Campaign for Youth Justice CEO, Marcy Mistrett on what's next for CFYJ.

  • The Struggle to Get Youth Out of Incarceration As COVID-19 Spreads

    The Struggle to Get Youth Out of Incarceration As COVID-19 Spreads

    COVID-19 is moving into prisons, jails, and detention centers more quickly than the criminal legal system can (or will) respond. While most of those incarcerated are adults, there are thousands of children at risk in these dangerous facilities. The solution is to let as many children out as possible while ensuring their safety. Check out our blog by CFYJ State Campaigns Director, Brian Evans. 

  • Use Your Voice and Vote Youth Justice

    Use Your Voice and Vote Youth Justice

    Many have risked their lives to fight for our fundamental voting rights, there continue to be restrictions on who is able to exercise their right to vote. Read our latest blog from CFYJ Communications fellow,  Madeleine Susi on how we can best honor those who not only shaped the future of our nation but gave us the tools and rights to do the same.

  • Youth Justice Community calls for Swift Action to Remove Youth from Secure Custody during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Youth Justice Community calls for Swift Action to Remove Youth from Secure Custody during the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Youth justice advocates called on governors, federal government, local legislators, and juvenile justice department leaders to remove children from secure custody and reunite them with family during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read the latest update from CFYJ CEO Marcy Mistrett.

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Raise The Floor: Increasing the Minimum Age of Prosecution of Youth as Adults

State legislatures across the country are passing laws to “raise the floor” by raising the minimum age at which a child could be prosecuted as an adult, according to a new brief by the Campaign for Youth Justice, Raise The Floor: Increasing the Minimum Age of Prosecution of Youth as Adults.

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