At the end of June, Youth First proudly commemorated the closing of Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Facility in Virginia with RISE for Youth. The Commonwealth of Virginia is doing the right thing by closing the more than 120-year-old youth prison. Rather than investing in locks and bars, it’s time to invest in communities.
Virginia is one of several states closing youth prisons and advocates are working hard to keep that trend going across the country.
Mishi Faruqee, Valerie Slater, and Carmen Daugherty at the launch of Youth Justice New Jersey.
Further north, Youth Justice New Jersey launched their campaign to close youth prisons. New Jersey is joining the call for #NoKidsInPrison and telling New Jersey it’s time to close their youth prisons, Hayes and Jamesburg, once and for all. Thank you all for your commitment to remaking our justice system so that young people can find the help and opportunities they need to be successful without being taken away from their communities.
Activists at the Youth Justice New Jersey launch.
Coming Up for Youth First
On July 26 at 1pm EDT, Youth First will host a Facebook Live event, “Sea Change: How Activists are Changing Hearts, Minds, and Juvenile Justice Systems.” Watch the event and join the discussion on our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/NoKidsInPrison/.
We’re also launching a new social media campaign called #WordsToKnow. For the month of August, we’ll be tweeting out definitions of the jargon we use to talk about youth justice. Join the conversation by following us on Facebook and Twitter and let us know how you #DefineYouthJustice.
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