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  • Challenging Lengthy Sentences for Youth Prosecuted As Adults in Illinois

    Challenging Lengthy Sentences for Youth Prosecuted As Adults in Illinois

    Brian Harrington was fourteen-years-old when he was prosecuted as an adult in Illinois and sentenced to twenty-five year under the state’s truth in sentencing law. 

  • Free Masonique

    Free Masonique

    On December 7, 2018, an undercover Columbus Police officer shot and killed sixteen-year-old  Julius Ervin Tate Jr. in a sting operation. The police allege that Tate pulled a gun on one of the officers during their exchange, but that claim is under dispute. A week later, the police arrested sixteen-year-old Masonique Saunders, Tate’s girlfriend, for aggravated robbery and the felony murder of her boyfriend. 

  • What A Week for Youth Justice: Help Us Thank Our Advocates and Families

    What A Week for Youth Justice: Help Us Thank Our Advocates and Families

    As state legislative sessions are starting to come to a close, we are seeing some excellent progress in our state campaigns and with some of our other state partners.  If you need a little joy this week, please feel free to send inspirational tweets to the advocates and families leading these initiatives in our state campaigns. 

  • A.C.T. to End Racism

    A.C.T. to End Racism

    Many activists and organizers are well versed in the ways that structural racism drives unfair outcomes for youth who come in contact with the law.  It is well documented that despite a near 60% drop in youth incarceration and continued falling arrest rates that in many places racial and ethnic disparities are increasing despite reform efforts.

  • If Not The Adult System, Then Where?

    If Not The Adult System, Then Where?

    Campaign for Youth Justice would like to introduce our newest report, “If not the adult system then where?” This report is the first in a series that aims to shed light on the numerous effective alternatives that exist for young people who have been charged as adults outside of the adult criminal justice system.

  • D.C. Emancipation Day

    D.C. Emancipation Day

    Every April 16, Washingtonians celebrate the anniversary of the day that more than 3,000 of its residents were emancipated from slavery. One-hundred and fifty-seven years after slavery officially ended in the District, the legacy of slavery remains with us in the nation’s capital. Through the halls of Congress and the White House, both erected through the labor of enslaved people 

  • Clemency with Brian Harrington

    Clemency with Brian Harrington

    Brian Harrington, incarcerated as a youth, sits down to discuss his impending clemency hearing on April 11th. Brian documents his experiences and the harsh reality of being 14 years old and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Help us in shedding light on Brian's story by listening, sharing, and engaging in the best ways to help.

  • How Social Workers Help Keep Youth Out of the Adult Criminal Justice System

    How Social Workers Help Keep Youth Out of the Adult Criminal Justice System

    March is Social Work Month.  This month we thank and celebrate social workers across the country for the incredible impact they have on the most vulnerable youth and adults in our communities.  

  • International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Submission

    International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights Submission

    This month, the United Nations’ (U.N.) Human Rights Committee will begin the process for its periodic review of U.S. compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). The ICCPR requires state members to enforce a wide range of human rights and was ratified by the U.S. in 1992. 

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Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

Issue Brief 436d4f0c934a75d6756d2d6699f9c298This report is in recognition of the 15th Anniversary of the Prison Rape
Elimination Act (PREA). PREA is a federal law enacted to address the
problem of sexual assault and rape in U.S. detention centers, jails,
lock ups, and prisons.

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