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  • Get ready for YJAM 2017!

    Get ready for YJAM 2017!

    Save the date! Youth Justice Action Month is coming in October 2017. During this month, YJAM will focus on the arts and the infinite variety of creative ways artistic expression can inspire action.

  • U. S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Federal Juvenile Justice Law

    U. S. Senate Approves Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Federal Juvenile Justice Law

    S860 would reauthorize and strengthen the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) to support state efforts to improve their juvenile justice systems, protect kids, and build safer communities.

  • New York and North Carolina Are The Last States To Raise The Age of which Children can be Funneled Through their Adult Jails and Prisons

    New York and North Carolina Are The Last States To Raise The Age of which Children can be Funneled Through their Adult Jails and Prisons

    2017 marks a historical milestone in the United States’ juvenile justice system.    After decades of advocacy, New York and North Carolina both passed legislation to raise their age of juvenile court jurisdiction to 18.

  • New report: Raising the Age: A policy to cut costs and crime while keeping youth and communities safe

    New report: Raising the Age: A policy to cut costs and crime while keeping youth and communities safe

    A new report shows that over the past decade, half of the states that had previously excluded all 16- and/or 17-year-olds from juvenile court based solely on their age absorbed these young people into the youth justice system without significantly increasing taxpayer costs.

  • Get the facts, get involved and act for youth justice!

    Get the facts, get involved and act for youth justice!

    Every year in this country, as many as 200,000 youth are put into the adult criminal justice system, most of them for nonviolent offenses. In 22 states and the District of Columbia, children as young as SEVEN can be prosecuted as adults. Each year 95,000 youth are held in adult jails and prisons.

  • Check Out Our Whiteboard Video

    Check Out Our Whiteboard Video

    ICYMI:  Check out our latest video about how you can get involved to protect youth from the dangers of adult jails and prisons.

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  • October is Youth Justice Action Month!

    Youth Justice Action Month is coming! Get ready for a whole month of events and actions to get closer to ending the practice of trying, sentencing and incarcerating youth as adults! 

    WHEN: October 2017

    WHERE: Nationwide

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Zero Tolerance: How States Comply with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

zerotolerancecoverThis report explores how states house youth under 18 in prisons in the new age of PREA compliance and enforcement. Furthermore, this report highlights national trends in juvenile arrests, crimes, and incarceration of children in the adult system.

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