Here are some of the latest resources on youth incarceration, decarceration campaigns, and toolkits for advocacy!
Youth First partnered with Berlin Rosen to create a media guide to help young people speak to the media about the problems in our justice system and how we can make it better. It is available online here.
Youth First released No New Youth Prisons to highlight strategies for stopping the construction of new youth prisons. Please read the report here.
New State Data
The Movement Advancement Project released a new report, Unjust: LGBTQ Youth Incarcerated in the Juvenile Justice System, and state fact sheets available online here.
Youth First partnered with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities to release a new toolkit to guide you through budget reinvestment after youth prisons close. It is available online here. There is also a fiscal checklist for states that is available here.
Youth First partnered with the Urban Institute to create new state fact sheets available online here.
The Sentencing Project fact sheet on racial disparities in youth incarceration is available online here.
Your Vote is Your Voice: A Toolkit for Youth Justice and Electoral Advocacy
The purpose of this new 2018 toolkit is to provide you with the information you need to engage in the political process; to make sure those seeking political power in your state understand the issues facing youth involved in the juvenile justice system and stand ready to work with young people and families if elected.
During the week of May 15-21, 2017, you can join thousands of people around the country in raising consciousness about the impact of incarcerating youth and promoting alternative solutions beyond bars!
For each day, there is a theme and sample social media posts, graphics, & links for you to utilize in the Toolkit.
Here are the themes:
- Monday, May 15: Identifying the Problem: Youth Prisons Don’t Work
- Tuesday, May 16: Developing Solutions: Moving Beyond Bars and Investing in Community-Based Alternatives
- Wednesday, May 17: Public Support is Strong: Poll Shows Vast Majority of Americans Favor Keeping Youth Out of Prisons, Strong Support for Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration to Rehabilitate Youth
- Thursday, May18: Breaking Down the Walls: Strategies from State Decarceration Campaigns
- Friday, May 19: A New Vision for Youth Justice: Learning from the Past to Build a Better Future for Our Youth
- Saturday, May 20: Lessons Learned from State Campaigns to Close Youth Prisons
- Sunday, May 21: Putting Youth First Means Closing Youth Prisons: Highlights from Current State Decarceration Campaigns
You can find more information about the week, including how to join the ThunderClap to promote the week and a full calendar of events here: http://savethekidsgroup.org/noyouthinprison2017/
Breaking Down the Walls report
Breaking Down the Walls is a new report featuring campaigns in six states: NY, CA, TX, MS, DC, and LA highlighting the work of youth, families and advocates to close youth prisons and invest in alternatives. Read more about the report here.
A national poll commissioned by the Youth First Initiative and conducted by GBA Strategies in January, 2017 shows that a majority of Americans believe that youth prisons should be closed and replaced with rehabilitation and prevention programs.
For more, read here.
Legislative Options for Youth Decarceration Reforms 2018
Considering what to propose to your state policymakers to end youth incarceration? Here is a menu of options for them to consider!
Locked Up: What Is A Youth Prison?
Using the mnemonic l-o-c-k-e-d u-p, we have published the “Locked Up: What is a Youth Prison?” series! Each letter is a different piece describing a key characteristic of a youth prison. The series is designed to illustrate what youth prisons are (and aren’t).
L = Large
U = Under Scrutiny
Reports & Stats
For information on youth incarceration, check out these materials:
Toolkits & Materials
To help you get started on your own youth decarceration campaign, check out these materials:
How to talk about youth incarceration: Talking Points
Two Pager on Youth Decarceration Campaigns: Lessons Learned
Power Point presentation on Youth Decarceration Campaigns: Tearing Down the Walls