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  • North Carolina “Raise the Age” Takes a Big Step Forward

    North Carolina “Raise the Age” Takes a Big Step Forward

    On May 17, the North Carolina House of Representatives passed HB 280, legislation that will “Raise the Age” of criminal responsibility from 16 to 18.

  • Mother's Day Series: The Stories of Supermoms

    Mother's Day Series: The Stories of Supermoms

    To celebrate Mother's Day, we highlighted the voices of mothers of incarcerated youth, whose unconditional love and support is often the only ray of light for children behind bars, and we shared messages that youth in prison wanted to send their moms/caregivers for Mother's Day. 

  • Congratulations to New York on Raising The Age!

    Congratulations to New York on Raising The Age!

    The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) welcomes the news that legislation to Raise the Age of criminal responsibility in New York from 16 to 18 has been passed as part of NY’s Executive Budget. Governor Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Heastie, and Senate Majority Leader Flanagan, worked extended hours to ensure that raise the age passed as part of the Executive Budget.

  • New report: Raising the Age: A policy to cut costs and crime while keeping youth and communities safe

    New report: Raising the Age: A policy to cut costs and crime while keeping youth and communities safe

    A new report shows that over the past decade, half of the states that had previously excluded all 16- and/or 17-year-olds from juvenile court based solely on their age absorbed these young people into the youth justice system without significantly increasing taxpayer costs, and the number of youth in the adult system nationwide was nearly cut in half.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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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