Juvenile Justice Project
About the Juvenile Justice Project
Created in 1997, the CA’s Juvenile Justice Project (JJP) works to reduce youth detention and incarceration, to transform the youth justice system from a punitive model into one grounded in positive youth development principles and to support and empower young people who come in contact with the youth justice system. The Project is further committed to working toward a youth justice system that is transparent and accountable to children and their families and communities, legislators and policy-makers and the public. The system we envision and work toward is one in which no child is abused and harmed while in custody, where children are given the tools and skills they need to succeed, and where positive youth development principles translate into increased public safety outcomes.
JJP believes that forming creative partnerships among community groups, family members, justice institutions, youth, and progressive officials is an effective way to change how the youth justice system operates in marginalized communities. A major effort of JJP is coordinating the Juvenile Justice Coalition—a statewide alliance of youth justice and child welfare advocates—that supports and informs JJP’s advocacy agenda. JJP also coordinates Safe Passages—a training program that provides a safe space for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth to develop the skills to join in youth justice reform efforts.
Through its advocacy, youth leadership development program, and coalition work, JJP informs the policy debate on youth justice and promotes a shift towards a less-punitive system grounded in the principle that children should be treated as children.
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Hundreds of faith leaders affiliated with more than 40 faith organizations, including Roman Catholics, Jews, Evangelical Protestants and Mainline Protestants signed onto a letter calling on Congress to support the Smarter Sentencing Act (S1410/HR3382). Read More
In response to the recent New York City Department of Corrections (NYDOCS) announcement that they would end the placement in solitary confinement of 16- and 17-year olds jailed at Rikers Island, Angelo Pinto, Campaign Manager of the Raise the Age Campaign of the CA’s Juvenile Justice Project, penned a powerful opinion piece in The Crime Report.Read More