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  • Felony Murder – An Unjust Law That Needs to Go

    Felony Murder – An Unjust Law That Needs to Go

    On August 13, in Old Mill Creek, Lake County, Illinois, a 75-year-old homeowner woke up at about 1 am, heard noises, saw some kids around his car, yelled at them to leave, and, when one advanced on him with an object in his hand (allegedly a hunting knife), fired his gun and killed 14-year-old Jaquon Swopes. Murder charges were soon filed, but not against the homeowner.

  • States “Raise the Floor” to Keep Children Out of Adult Court

    States “Raise the Floor” to Keep Children Out of Adult Court

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

  • Remembering Youth in Adult Jails & Prisons During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    Remembering Youth in Adult Jails & Prisons During Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

    September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month. During this month, we remember and mourn the over 47,000 Americans who commit suicide each year.  September is an opportunity to elevate important prevention strategies and support loved ones at risk of suicide. 

  • Youth Justice Reform at the Federal Level – Summer Update

    Youth Justice Reform at the Federal Level – Summer Update

    Congress’s summer break, known in D.C. as the “August recess,” is winding to an end, and a busy September awaits lawmakers when they return. Before they return, let’s take a look at the work the 116th Congress has accomplished for juvenile justice reform and related issues thus far:

  • Youth Justice Leaders Must Speak Out on the Border Crisis

    Youth Justice Leaders Must Speak Out on the Border Crisis

    "As youth justice advocates, we know all too well this country’s proclivity to traumatize children through the incarceration of both children and parents. For this reason, it is imperative for us to speak out"... check out our blog by CFYJ's Federal Policy Rachel Marshall on why we must advocate for the immigrant children suffering at our border.

  • Legislative Victories 2019:  Successful Bills Impacting Youth Prosecuted as Adults

    Legislative Victories 2019: Successful Bills Impacting Youth Prosecuted as Adults

    In 2019, legislators across the country introduced over two hundred bills impacting youth prosecuted as adults. The Campaign for Youth Justice started tracking and publishing these bills in weekly updates archived here.

  • What Does Safety in School Really Look Like?

    What Does Safety in School Really Look Like?

    On Thursday, July 25, 2019, the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs held a hearing titled “Examining State and Federal Recommendations for Enhancing School Safety Against Targeted Violence.” Take a look at our blog here that dives deeper into this discussion. 

  • What about our girls in the system?

    What about our girls in the system?

    On July 16th, 2019, the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security held a hearing to discuss women and girls in the criminal justice system. When discussing prison reform, the topic is usually centered around the experiences of  men. Unfortunately, we rarely hear from the women and girls who are incarcerated.

  • 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.

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Removing Youth from Adult Jails: A 50-State Scan of Pretrial Detention Laws for Youth Transferred to the Adult System

Issue Brief 436d4f0c934a75d6756d2d6699f9c298The 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, including those transferred to the adult system, from adult jails and lock-ups pretrial.

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