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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The New York Times in this editorial today is saying what we at the CA have been reporting on for decades: without any any transparency and accountability, the abuse of people who are incarcerated will persist and those who are responsible will still act with impunity. Until accountability is the norm and not the exception, the abuse -- and in some cases, loss of life -- will continue.Read More
Fishkill is supposed to take care of mentally ill people like Ben, who was locked up as a schizophrenic teen. It turned out to be a death sentence. Benjamin Van Zandt’s hellish odyssey through New York’s criminal justice system began when the voices inside his head compelled him to light a neighbor’s house on fire. [...]Read More
Prison Monitoring Reports
Attica Correctional Facility, a 2,000-bed maximum security prison in western New York, continues to operate as a symbolic and real epicenter of state violence and abuse of incarcerated persons in the Department of Corrections and Community Supervision (DOCCS) state prison system 43 years after the 1971 prison uprising and violent suppression by state authorities. The [...]Read More