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CFYJ Reports

Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

Author: Aprill

Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

For Youth Justice Action Month CFYJ released its report, “Is it Enough: Implementation of PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard” in recognition of the 15th Anniversary of the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA). PREA is a federal law enacted to address the problem of sexual assault and rape in U.S. detention centers, jails, lock ups, and prisons. Regulations for the law specifically address one of the most vulnerable populations in adult jails and prisons, youth under age 18.

In light of the 15th Anniversary of PREA, CFYJ reviewed over 800 audits of adult correctional facilities, with a focus on the first complete audit cycle, to identify how the facilities are complying with the Youthful Inmate Standard. The key findings are included in this report.

The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy and Practice Recommendations

The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy and Practice Recommendations

In our brief, The Color of Youth Transferred to the Adult Criminal Justice System: Policy and Practice Recommendations. CFYJ and the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
outline how black youth end up at the front door of adult courts
through three state case studies of Oregon, Florida, and Missouri.
We dive into the historical context of racial terror inflicted on black
communities that has shaped the foundation of systemic policies,
practices, and procedures that compound disproportionality.

Implementing Laws to Raise the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to 18: What States & Localities Can Do to Prepare for Success

Implementing Laws to Raise the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction to 18: What States & Localities Can Do to Prepare for Success

The purpose of this brief is to provide an overview of action steps that state and local officials and advocates can take to prepare for implementing raise the age laws.

Youth Transfer: The Importance of Individualized Factor Review

Author: Jeree Thomas

Youth Transfer: The Importance of Individualized Factor Review

This brief discusses the importance of weighing individual factors when judges and prosecutors consider the transfer of youth to the adult system, as well as recent state-level reforms addressing youth transfer.

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts, 2015-17

Author: Jeree Thomas

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts, 2015-17

Raising the Bar: State Trends in Keeping Youth Out of Adult Courts (2015-2017) is the fourth edition of our State Trends Report in which we take a look at states that have blocked pathways of children into the adult criminal justice system. 

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