Site Visit to Family Support Program in the Bronx Family Court
Last week, campaign leaders from Virginia, Wisconsin, Connecticut, Kansas and New Jersey gathered in New York City to experience successful examples of community-based alternatives to incarceration – and study how to build similar programs in their own communities. We all agree that youth prisons need to close, but it is up to us to design a better system – and work to make it a reality. Campaign leaders also heard expert advice and participated in strategic planning sessions to take their state campaigns to the next level.
Site visit to an ARCHES program at the Harlem Commonwealth Council
Advocates left the sites with new tools to imagine and propose the range of programs and services our youth need, to identify and build relationships, and demonstrate the value of a new approach. From credible messenger mentoring to parent support programs, in New York City we saw the difference it makes when young people, their families, and communities are truly a part of the process of designing and implementing a better youth justice system. A special thanks to Community Connections for Youth for helping us coordinate all the site visits!
Site visit to Living Redemption Youth Opportunity Hub
In Case You Missed It
In Virginia, activists with RISE for Youth delivered more than 1,000 postcards to Governor Ralph Northam, calling for him to reject proposals to build a new youth prison:
RISE for Youth has been vocal about the future of Virginia’s juvenile justice system since Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center closed last year.
The group seeks community-based alternatives to incarceration.
“We recognize that sometimes secure care is needed, but that secure care should be small and that it should be regionally located within the communities where young people are coming from,” said Slater.
The Youth First Team