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  • New CFYJ Brief on Raise    The Age

    New CFYJ Brief on Raise The Age

    As of August, there are only 4 states that have not passed legislation to raise the age to 18. Between 2016 - 2018, 5 states have passed laws and are in the process of implementing their laws. Our newest brief provides an overview of action steps that state and local officials and advocates can take to prepare for implementing raise the age laws.

  • Latinx Injustice

    Latinx Injustice

    In recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, the Campaign for Youth Justice is supporting a series on the impact of federal and state youth justice policies and practices and their disparate impact on Latinx families. Our first blog is written by Dr. Francisco A. Villarruel, Ph.D. at Michigan State University and CFYJ Board member.

  • Youth Justice Action Month is October – Less Than a Month Away!

    Youth Justice Action Month is October – Less Than a Month Away!

    Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) is October – less than a month away! Whether you are just starting to organize, or are already planning something, please Sign up today so we can work with you to make YJAM as impactful as possible!

  • Kavanaugh Hearings: Justice Kennedy Was a Voice of Reason on Youth Justice, Now What?

    Kavanaugh Hearings: Justice Kennedy Was a Voice of Reason on Youth Justice, Now What?

    As Supreme Court nominee, Brett M. Kavanaugh participates in his confirmation hearing this week, we are drawn to reflect on the legacy of Justice Anthony Kennedy and his decisive voice in decisions that protected children from the harshest punishments applied to adults.  Will Kavanaugh also hold these views? 

  • Class is Back in Session: It's Time To Rethink the Number of School Resource Officers in our Schools

    Class is Back in Session: It's Time To Rethink the Number of School Resource Officers in our Schools

    It's back to school season and in far too many schools there is an increase in law enforcement officers, and having more police in schools is more likely to drive up the incarceration rates of our youth. CFYJ CEO, Marcy Mistrett explores how to invest in our children and public safety, rather than to divest.

  • Is it Enough? The Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

    Is it Enough? The Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

    September marks the 15th Anniversary of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA),  Regulations for the law specifically address one of the most vulnerable populations in adult jails and prisons: youth under age 18. Our newest blog by CFYJ Policy Dircector, Jeree Thomas asks are we doing enough to implement this law?

  • Bills A1233 and SJR18 Provide Hope for New Jersey Juvenile Defendants Serving Lengthy Sentences

    Bills A1233 and SJR18 Provide Hope for New Jersey Juvenile Defendants Serving Lengthy Sentences

    This legislative session, New Jersey residents who support youth justice, and believe that individuals should not spend decades of their lives incarcerated for mistakes they made as youth, should tell their legislators to support A 1233 and SJR 18.  Learn more about these pieces of legislation in our latest blog.

  • A 50 State Study of Strategies to Remove Youth From Adult Jails

    A 50 State Study of Strategies to Remove Youth From Adult Jails

    With adult jails housing an increasing number of state prisoners, and the population within juvenile detention facilities shrinking, it's time to reassess the way youth prosecuted as adults are incarcerated. A new report analyzes national data and state laws to provide policy changes  to remove youth from adult jails across the country.

  • Part II: Committed to the Fight for Justice: CFYJ’s Journey to Alabama

    Part II: Committed to the Fight for Justice: CFYJ’s Journey to Alabama

    During CFYJ’s recent trip to Selma and walked across the Edmund Pettus Bridge and recounted the horrific events of 1965's #BloodySunday. Selma was a strengthening reminder that the fight is not over. There are still many steps to be taken to protect the rights of marginalized groups. Check out part 2 of this 2 part series.

  • Part I: Committed to the Fight for Justice: CFYJ’s Journey to Montgomery and Selma

    Part I: Committed to the Fight for Justice: CFYJ’s Journey to Montgomery and Selma

    When the Equal Justice Initiative’s new Legacy Museum and National Memorial for Peace and Justice opened in April, CFYJ staff knew it was imperative to make a trip to Montgomery, Ala. to visit these powerful landmarks. Check out part 1 of this 2 part series about this journey.

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Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts, 2015-17

zerotolerancecoverThis report is the fourth edition of our State Trends Report in which we take a look at states that have blocked pathways of children into the adult criminal justice system.

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