The Campaign for Youth Justice held webinar to discuss our final report, “Winning the Campaign: State Trends in Fighting the Treatment of Children As Adults in the Criminal".
The report finds that the number of children prosecuted as adults has plummeted over the past 15 years, and more laws passed and implemented over the past three years are likely to reduce those numbers further.
CFYJ CEO Marcy Mistrett led our discussion with:
Brian Evans (Campaign for Youth Justice) Brian authored the report and leads the Campaign in supporting state advocacy efforts and providing technical assistance to states. He works closely in partnership with state-based organizing groups seeking to change juvenile justice policy for the better.
Elizabeth Calvin (Human Rights Watch) & Frankie Guzman (National Center for Youth Law): California has passed a series of bills that reduces the ability of children to be tried as if adults, since 2018 that includes ending direct file and raising the floor of judicial transfer to 16.
Jason Smith (Michigan Center for Youth Justice): After a five year Campaign, Michigan became one of two states who raised the age during this trends period, joined by Missouri. This was a major effort that included other comprehensive changes that benefit young people.
Brett Peterson (Director, Utah DJJ): Earlier this year, Utah was one of two states (joining Virginia) who rolled back their direct file statute earlier this year.
Oscar Canale, Anti Recidivism Coalition