With spring legislative sessions heating up and summer sessions just around the corner, there’s no time to rest in the fight for youth justice reform.
In case you missed it: Last month, we were excited to release a short 8 minute film on the extreme racial disparities that exist in our juvenile justice system, “Jim Crow Juvenile Justice” and put out a new step-by-step guide on how to start a grassroots campaign to close youth prisons. There is more hard work ahead and we are thankful to work with people so committed closing youth prisons and investing in community based alternatives to incarceration.
Tools to strengthen our advocacy: Please join these upcoming webinars for key insight into how we can successfully engage with lawmakers and the public about changing our justice system.
Tomorrow, Friday, March 16, 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT: Does Keeping Youth Close to Home Really Matter? A Case Study. Based in New York City, the event will be livestreamed to include conversations about the state’s efforts to reduce youth in prisons through the Close to Home Initiative and the soon to be implemented Raise the Age. This is a partnership with the Columbia Justice Lab. RSVP here.
Tuesday, March 20, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. EDT: Transforming Justice Webinar Series: A Closer Look at Effective System-Community Partnerships. Join the Credible Messenger Justice Center for a webinar discussion of how community mentors can make a difference in juvenile detention and gang violence prevention and intervention. RSVP here.
Next Friday, March 23, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. EDT: Youth Justice Reform and Reinvestment: Key Strategies and Fiscal Tools for Success. Alongside our partners at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities State Fiscal Project, this toolkit will help guide your work with lawmakers during budget discussions. RSVP here to learn more.