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  • CFYJ Year of Impact

    CFYJ Year of Impact

    2016 marks CFYJ’s 10th Anniversary! We are launching our “Impact Year” and as part of that we are planning a series of events, social media campaigns, blogs, and other activities to highlight voices from the field to REFLECT on how far we have come; REJOICE in the progress we’ve made; and RECOMMIT to ending the practice of trying youth as adults.

  • Collateral Consequences:  CFYJ's new report highlighting the long-term ramifications of incarcerating children as adults

    Collateral Consequences: CFYJ's new report highlighting the long-term ramifications of incarcerating children as adults

    The Campaign for Youth Justice just released Collateral Consequences, a new online report seeking to raise awareness on the long-lasting damages caused by the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating kids as adults.

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

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

    CFYJ's new 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.

  • Raise the Age Bills Flourish in 2016

    Raise the Age Bills Flourish in 2016

    In five states, legislators and governors alike are calling for new action this year to allow 16- and 17-year-olds back into the juvenile justice system, where youth can receive much-needed, age-appropriate rehabilitative or educational services. In two more states, lawmakers recently proposed including young adults under 21 in the juvenile justice system.

  • Take action for youth justice in your state TODAY!

    Take action for youth justice in your state TODAY!

    Check out our updated Action Alerts page and get involved TODAY to improve youth justice in your state. 

    Read More. 

  • Why Campaign for Youth Justice is Awesome

    Why Campaign for Youth Justice is Awesome

    Connecticut and I got involved with the Campaign for Youth Justice in late 2005.  They were a new organization, I was a new advocate and Raise the Age CT was a new challenge for the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA).  We were all a great fit for each other.  

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Upcoming Events

  • Jean Trounstine 's "Boy with a Knife" presentation

    Politics & Prose at Busboys and Poets 5th & K welcomes Jean Trounstine to present the new book "Boy With a Knife."

    In Shakespeare Behind Bars, Trounstine, professor emerita of humanities at Middlesex Community College, told the compelling and thought-provoking story of her decade teaching and directing plays at
    Framingham Women’s Prison, work for which she was named a “Woman who Dared” by the Jewish Women’s Archive in 2000. Her sixth book homes in on one particular young male prisoner, relating the story of Karter Kane Reed. Convicted of murder in 1993, Reed, though only sixteen, was sentenced to life in an adult prison—one of nearly a quarter of a million youths tried, sentenced, or imprisoned as adults annually. Reed, however, was exceptional in that he successfully sued the Massachusetts Parole Board twenty years later, and was freed. 

    Trounstine will be in conversation with Josh Rovner, juvenile justice expert at the Sentencing Project.

    WHERE? 

    Cullen Room, Busboys & Poets @ 5TH & K 
    1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001 

    WHEN? 

    Tuesday May 31, 2016 | 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

    More info here

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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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