Here are some of the latest resources on youth incarceration, decarceration campaigns, and toolkits for advocacy!
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 2017
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
Your Vote is Your Voice: A Toolkit for Youth Justice and Electoral Advocacy
The purpose of this new 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.
Download your toolkit here.
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
Getting Started Toolkit: Starter Kit- How to Start a Youth Decarceration Campaign
Getting Started Power Point presentation: Ending Youth Incarceration