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    States Embrace the Juvenile Justice Reform Act

    In the last few weeks of the 115th Congress, H.R. 6964, the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (JJRA), which reauthorized the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was finally passed. Several states have proactively introduced and passed legislation that will hopefully put them in compliance with the updated law. 

  • State and Local Elections 2019: Criminal Justice Implications

    State and Local Elections 2019: Criminal Justice Implications

    On November 5, 2019,  the United States held numerous state and local elections throughout the country, encompassing a variety of governor and prosecutor positions. According to the political report, The Appeal, approximately 500 prosecutors and sheriffs will be elected in 2019, which will be instrumental in shaping criminal justice reforms.

  • Native American Heritage Month

    The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) joins our allies in honoring Native American Heritage Month.  The waiver of Native youth into the adult system has been dramatically increasing in recent years. According to OJJDP, in 2016, the rate for Native youth waived into the adult system was 2.6 times greater than that of white youth, for the same charges. This is alarming and unjust. Stay tuned for ways local justice programs can improve, not harm, Native youth who are justice involved. 

  • #YJAM2019: Lots of Action for Youth Justice

    #YJAM2019: Lots of Action for Youth Justice

    During Youth Justice Action Month (YJAM) this October, groups, organizations, and individuals across the country engaged in discussions about youth justice, and about the racism inherent in the youth and criminal justice systems. 

    We are happy to report that YJAM was a great success!

  • Guest Column: Youth Justice Awareness Month- Educational Opportunities that Allow Youth Voice to be Heard

    Guest Column: Youth Justice Awareness Month- Educational Opportunities that Allow Youth Voice to be Heard

    Kat Crawford & Christina Campbell from the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings discuss how students in secure schools across America are exploring the issues that surround youth justice for Youth Justice Action Month.

  • Peace & Hope Design Contest

    Peace & Hope Design Contest

    We have a winner!  The Travis Hill Students at JJIC in New Orleans, LA  won our Holiday card contest! We would like to thank the many young people who submitted artwork, as all of the designs merit special recognition. The messages of hope, love, justice, and peace resonated throughout the submissions, making the selection difficult for the CFYJ Spokespeople. Thank you for helping make #YJAM a success!

  • 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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Raise The Floor: Increasing the Minimum Age of Prosecution of Youth as Adults

State legislatures across the country are passing laws to “raise the floor” by raising the minimum age at which a child could be prosecuted as an adult, according to a new brief by the Campaign for Youth Justice, Raise The Floor: Increasing the Minimum Age of Prosecution of Youth as Adults.

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