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CFYJ Reports

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

Author: Jeree Thomas Organization: Campaign for Youth Justice

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.

The brief highlights legislative efforts in a variety of states including California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kansas, New Jersey, South Carolina, Tennessee and Vermont that have raised their minimum age of transfer for at least one of their transfer mechanisms.   For some states, including California, Florida, Kansas, New Jersey, Oregon and Rhode Island, raising the minimum age resulted in the state getting rid of one of its transfer mechanisms altogether.  

Removing Youth from Adult Jails: A 50-State Scan of Pretrial Detention Laws for Youth Transferred to the Adult System

Author: Rachel Marshall Organization: Campaign For Youth Justice

Removing Youth from Adult Jails: A 50-State Scan of Pretrial Detention Laws for Youth Transferred to the Adult System

Removing Youth from Adult Jails: A 50-State Scan of Pretrial Detention Laws for Youth Transferred to the Adult System,” highlights state readiness to remove children under age 18 from adult jails.

The brief was released in response to the passage of the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018 (JJRA), signed into law on December 21, 2018. The JJRA reauthorized the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) for the first time in sixteen years and, in addition to many other important reforms, the law will now require states to remove all youth, including those transferred to the adult system, from adult jails and lock-ups pretrial.

Click here of list of Pretrial Housing Statutes (June 2019)

Souls of Young Folk: The Disproportionate Prosecution of Black Youth as Adults in New Jersey

Author: Larissa Truchan, Kathy Wright, Pamela Benjamin, and Zohar Massey Organization: New Jersey Parents’ Caucus and the Campaign for Youth Justice

Souls of Young Folk: The Disproportionate Prosecution of Black Youth as Adults in New Jersey

Souls of Young Folk: The Disproportionate Prosecution of Black Youth as Adults in New Jersey is a brief by the New Jersey Parents’ Caucus and the Campaign for Youth Justice which highlights the historical and social treatment of black youth in New Jersey and the emergence of the state’s youth waiver laws.  

If Not The Adult System,Then Where? Alternatives to Adult Incarceration For Youth Certified Adults

Organization: Campaign for Youth Justice

If Not The Adult System,Then Where? Alternatives to Adult Incarceration For Youth Certified Adults

In an effort to identify alternatives to adult incarceration for youth, CFYJ is learning from stakeholders across the country about their efforts to serve youth charged as adults across a continuum of care. In this report, CFYJ shares current and emerging practices for better serving youth charged as adults, insights from practitioners about what makes for successful programming for this population, and specific recommendations for policy and practice change.

Childhood Convicted: The Waiver of Iowa's Youth to the Adult Criminal Justice System

Author: J.Thomas, A. Mallarino , I. Lyman, and J.T. Minor Organization: CFYJ and University of Iowa, College of Law Community Empowerment Law Project

Childhood Convicted: The Waiver of Iowa's Youth to the Adult Criminal Justice System

A report released by CFYJ in partnership with the University of Iowa, College of Law Community Empowerment Law Project, if Iowa’s laws do not change, thousands of youth under 18 will continue to receive adult court convictions mostly for simple misdemeanors.  

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