October is Youth Justice Action Month! Since 2008, advocates around the country have come together to organize events to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by our criminal justice system. We also are celebrating 15 years of our work as we prepare to cease operations in Dec. 2020. Check out our blog by CFYJ CEO Marcy Mistrett.
October 1, 2020 YJAM (Youth Justice Action Month) begins again. Since 2008, youth justice advocates around the country have come together to organize events and online activities to raise awareness and inspire action on behalf of young people impacted by our criminal justice system.
When the Campaign for Youth Justice was born 15 years ago (2005), as many as 250,000 children a year were being prosecuted as adults across the country every year. The incarceration of children in adult jails had increased more than 200% since the mid 1990s; and 3:4 of children sent to adult prison were youth of color.
Fifteen years later, through the unwavering commitment of children who had been sentenced as adults, their families, advocates, legislators on both sides of the aisle, the philanthropic community, and researchers—many of the goals of the Campaign have been met.
Join us over the next few weeks, during the month of YJAM as we roll out these wins through whiteboards, new reports, and videos. Including this one!
These wins couldn’t have happened without each and every one of you joining this movement. While the work is not finished—there are still far too many children entering the adult criminal justice system—the tools now exist to fight these battles locally. We welcome you to continue fighting for our young people and ensuring they receive equal protections regardless of where they live.