“Not a week goes by without a headline in a newspaper in the U.S. citing abuse of an incarcerated youth” stated Liz Ryan, President & CEO of the Youth First Initiative at a June 22 congressional hearing before the House Subcommittee on Crime. The hearing examined juvenile justice reforms, particularly efforts to reduce the use Read More
Our country’s system of youth incarceration is unjust, ineffective and costly. The overwhelming evidence shows that alternatives to youth prisons are more fair, more safe, and more economically sound.
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To commemorate the closure of Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Facility, RISE for Youth, a nonpartisan campaign advocating for community alternatives to youth incarceration, today released the following statement: “The Commonwealth of Virginia has been locking up youth at Beaumont since 1890, despite data demonstrating better methods for punishment and transformation of youth who commit crime. We Read More
Youth Justice Milwaukee (YJM) released the following statement in response to U.S. District Judge James Peterson’s ruling that the use of solitary confinement, restraints and pepper spray at Lincoln Hills School for Boys and Copper Lake School for Girls violates the Fourteenth Amendment of the United States Constitution. “Today’s ruling confirms what we already knew Read More