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  • A Look Back at 2016

    A Look Back at 2016

    2016 was in many ways – let’s face it – a wretched year. But for the work to protect youth from the horrors of the adult criminal justice system, 2016 was actually a pretty good year.

  • Get the facts, get involved and act for youth justice!

    Get the facts, get involved and act for youth justice!

    Every year in this country, as many as 200,000 youth are put into the adult criminal justice system, most of them for nonviolent offenses. In 22 states and the District of Columbia, children as young as SEVEN can be prosecuted as adults. Each year 95,000 youth are held in adult jails and prisons.

  • 2017: Mapping A Way Out Of The Adult Justice System

    2017: Mapping A Way Out Of The Adult Justice System

    In 2017, the Campaign for Youth Justice has chosen to draw a map throughout the year showing the way(s) out of the adult justice system. Each month, CFYJ will identify a new stop on the road that highlights a problem in prosecuting youth as adults and a way to remap an effective alternative.

  • Check Out Our New Whiteboard Video

    Check Out Our New Whiteboard Video

    ICYMI:  Check out our latest video about how you can get involved to protect youth from the dangers of adult jails and prisons.

  • New Year, More Possibilities

    New Year, More Possibilities

    Last year was a pretty good one, at least for reforms and restrictions on the practice of transferring youth to the adult criminal justice system. Two states (Louisiana and South Carolina) Raised the Age of adult criminal court jurisdiction to 18, and two other states (California and Vermont) took away the power of prosecutors to “Direct File” children into the adult system.

  • The Power Of Love

    The Power Of Love

    As we celebrate Valentine’s Day this week, and as the Executive Director of a national organization that ends the prosecution of youth in adult court, I am urging us all to embrace ‘the Power of Love’.

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Upcoming Events

  • National Spokespeople Training

    National Spokespeople Training

    APPLY TODAY!

    The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ)  is looking to expand our National Spokesperson Bureau, and we want you to apply!  

    CFYJ will host a Spokespeople Training from May 17-19 2017, in Washington, DC.


    Please apply today. The deadline to apply is March 3, 2017.

Zero Tolerance: How States Comply with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

zerotolerancecoverThis report explores how states house youth under 18 in prisons in the new age of PREA compliance and enforcement. Furthermore, this report highlights national trends in juvenile arrests, crimes, and incarceration of children in the adult system.

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