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  • 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.

  • Kent v. U.S. 53 Years Later

    Kent v. U.S. 53 Years Later

    March 21, 2019 marks the 53rd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Kent v. United States.  In Kent, the U.S. Supreme Court held that the juvenile court judge’s cursory consideration of Morris Kent’s case before transferring him to adult court violated DC’s Juvenile Court Act which required “full investigation” as well as fundamental due process.

  • “Raise the Age” Month

    “Raise the Age” Month

    It started on the last day of February, when Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers announced his intention to “Raise the Age” of adult court jurisdiction to 18 as part of his executive budget. By mid-March, all four states that have yet to pass such “Raise the Age” legislation had taken significant actions towards doing so.

  • 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.  

  • 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.

  • 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. 

  • Weekly Legislative Roundup

    Weekly Legislative Roundup

    CFYJ would like to introduce our Weekly Legislative Update. The update provides a look at the most recent legislation that has been introduced in states across the country concerning youth prosecuted as adults.

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Latest Report

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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