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2018

Lifting the Voiceless: Raising Awareness for Girls in the Juvenile Justice System

Aprill O. Turner Thursday, 01 March 2018 Posted in 2018, Uncategorised

By Aprill O. Turner, Communications Director

March is a time to reflect on the great contributions of women to our society, but we will be remiss if we didn't take some time to think about those voiceless young women and girls that are incarcerated.

Vote Local: #VoteYouthJustice

Marcy Mistrett, CEO Wednesday, 21 February 2018 Posted in 2018

By Marcy Mistrett, CEO

Justice is local and voting matters.  The health of a democracy rests on the ability and interest of its citizens to vote. Yet, the U.S. history on voting rights is spotty.

The Campaign for Youth Justice joins the many other national organizations and movements in calling for our local communities to come out and VOTE in local elections; because voting for youth justice matters.  

You Have Shown Your Love for Children

Marcy Mistrett Wednesday, 14 February 2018 Posted in 2018, Federal Update

By Marcy Mistrett, CEO

Thank you for showing your love for our children! In celebration of Valentine’s Day, CFYJ is joining the Act-4-JJ Coalition to deliver 535 candy bars to Congress, to encourage them to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).

MD Legislators are Being Asked to Vote to Condemn More Children to Adult Prison, When Real Focus Should Be on Police Officers to Reduce Crime

Brian Evans Friday, 09 February 2018 Posted in 2018, Across the Country

By Brian Evans, State Campaigns Director
 
Right now the Maryland General Assembly is considering draconian, reactionary, “tough on crime” legislation that reads as if it were dictated to them by Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself. The bills (HB100-102, SB197-199) contain all the failed criminal justice policies of the 1980s and 1990s – mandatory minimums, consecutive sentences to ensure longer prison terms, automatically charging children as adults, and absurdly vague language about “gangs.”
 

The Prosecution of Black Youth as Adults

Jeree Thomas Thursday, 01 February 2018 Posted in 2018, Voices

By Jeree Thomas, Policy Director

During Black History Month, we remember the esteemed black heroes and heroines of American culture.  Those who saved our future through the Underground Railroad and those who gave their lives to take us to the mountaintop, but we must also remember the youth who represent just how far our country must go to reach its ideals.

The State of Youth Justice

Rachel Marshall Monday, 29 January 2018 Posted in 2018, Federal Update

By Rachel Marshall, Federal Policy Counsel

Today is President Trump’s first State of the Union address. As he prepares to address the nation and outline his priorities for the year, we thought it fruitful to write our own “State of Youth Justice” address.

Major Updates on State-Level Legislation

Brian Evans Thursday, 25 January 2018 Posted in 2018, CFYJ Updates

By Brian Evans, State Campaigns Director

At the start of what promises to be a very political year, and in the midst of difficult debates about budgets and taxes, state legislators are moving forward (or in some cases backward) with legislation affecting youth in contact with the adult criminal justice system. The following is a legislative update of what is happening across the country:

The Women's March is Back: Time to Take Our Power to the Polls

Aprill O. Turner Friday, 19 January 2018 Posted in 2018, Voices

By Aprill O. Turner, Communications Director

On Jan. 21, 2017, the day after the inauguration of President Trump, the Women's March on Washington descended on the nation's capital to protest a new administration many Americans feared threatened their rights and contradicted their basic values.

MLK’s Dream – Half a Century Later, Bending Our Democracy Towards Justice

Marcy Mistrett Friday, 12 January 2018 Posted in 2018, Voices

By Marcy Mistrett, CEO

Fifty years ago, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life was tragically taken in Memphis, TN.  As we celebrate Dr. King’s birthday and commit ourselves to engage, give back, and continue the fight for racial and social justice, I am saddened by how much of Dr. King’s dream has gone deferred, especially with regards to our children.  In our criminal justice system, Dr. Kings dream is literally locked down, and has been since his death.  Yet, there are glimmers of hope for reforms that can be expanded upon by ensuring questions about the way we treat children are part of the political platform in 2018 mid-year elections.

Youth Justice in Alabama: Positive Steps

Brian Evans Wednesday, 10 January 2018 Posted in 2018, Campaigns

By Brian Evans, State Campaigns Director

From 2010-2015, an average of 600 children were tried as adults in Alabama each year; most of them were sent to adult court automatically, without any judicial review.  It is well known that the adult system is worse, both for the young people sent there, and because of higher recidivism rates, for the society that sent them there.  In an election year where reactionary, ‘80s-style, “tough on crime” rhetoric is making an unwelcome comeback, it is refreshing to see that Alabama apparently intends to move – albeit slowly – in the “smart on crime” direction.

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