The Youth Sentencing & Re-Entry Project is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive support to kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, with 2 goals: 1. Help lawyers with low-income clients get their cases transferred from the adult criminal justice system to the juvenile justice system; and 2. Help connect youth and their families with existing community resources and programs, so they have access to education, healthcare, stable housing and job placement.
Primary Contact Name: Lauren Fine / Joanna Visser Adjoian
Bill Number: 1169 – WIN!
Type of Reform
Detention Reform - Allows for a youth prosecuted in the adult system to be “de-certified” and held in a juvenile facility as opposed to an adult facility. While the adult charges will remain in place, a judge may allow for the youth to be held at an age-appropriate juvenile facility instead of an adult facility so that the juvenile will have access to rehabilitative services.
Kids in Solitary in Philly Jails: 'It was the Worst Time of My Life'
"It was the worst time of my life," he said by phone from the State Correctional Institution in Dallas.
Suicide is the top cause of death among incarcerated juveniles, and a U.S. Department of Justice study found half those suicides take place in solitary confinement. Psychologists say isolation also can inflict lasting damage on developing brains and trigger or exacerbate mental illness.
Pennsylvania Juvenile Recidivism Report
Pennsylvania Juvenile Recidivism Report (2013) by the Pennsylvania Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission examines the recidivism rate of Pennsylvania youth released in 2007.