Today in Milwaukee, a coalition of community organizations, youth advocates and family members of youth involved in the juvenile justice system officially launched Youth Justice Milwaukee (YJM), a broad-based alliance leading the fight to close Wisconsin’s dangerous and outdated youth prisons. YJM hopes to replace the prisons with community-based, family-centered, restorative programs that are proven 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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In March, Connecticut policymakers focused on plans for closing the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS), including a March 16 Juvenile Justice Oversight and Planning Committee (JJPOC) meeting where it was reported that legislators would seek to close CJTS earlier than previously planned. JJPOC members heard from Shaena Fazal, YAP’s Policy Director, who presented testimony on how Read More
The Youth First Initiative has released a new report Breaking Down the Walls highlighting the achievements of youth, families, and advocates in six states to help advance a new vision of youth justice. The report serves as a playbook for activists working to end the juvenile justice systems’ reliance on incarceration throughout the nation. To accelerate Read More