Barbara Langford

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Xavier’s Story: From Tragedy to Advocacy

GUEST BLOG By Xavier McElrath-Bey, Senior Advisor and National Advocate at the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth The time I spent as a child outside of prison was as short-lived as it was violent and destructive. I grew up in the impoverished Back of the Yards neighborhood of Chicago. Early in our childhood,Read More

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Bringing Context into the Courtroom, and Beyond

GUEST BLOG By: Lauren Fine, Esq. and Joanna Visser Adjoian, Esq. Co-Founders and Co-Directors, Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project “In criminal court, I felt like I was the smallest person in the room, with the biggest problem.” This quote is from Marcus, who at age 16, was tried and sentenced as an adult here inRead More

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Raise The Age Report

Since 2007, seven out of 14 states that set the age of juvenile court jurisdiction below age 18 have joined the majority of other states by passing reforms to include 16- and/or 17-year-olds in juvenile court. And they have been able to do so without jeopardizing community safety or increasing taxpayer costs. These and otherRead More

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New Report and Video From Youth First

The Youth First Initiative has released a new report entitled, Breaking Down the Walls. The report highlights the achievements of youth, families, and advocates to close youth prisons by providing a detailed look at successful campaigns in six states: California, New York, Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi, and the District of Columbia. Click here to access the report.Read More

Youth Justice Work Group Funders Call

The Youth Justice Work Group of YTFG invites you to a conference call for funders on Thursday, May 18th at 1pm ET / 10am PT. Featuring Xavier McElrath-Bey of the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, Marsha Levick of the Juvenile Law Center, and Lauren Fine and Joanna Visser Adjoian of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project.Read More

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Federal Advisory Committee Issues Recommendations for LGBQ/GNCT Youth

The Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice (FACJJ) has issued recommendations to the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) for strategies to advance juvenile justice reform for LGBQ/GNCT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, questioning/gender nonconforming, transgender) youth. The recommendations are grouped into four categories: Policy and Program Development Training and Technical Assistance Data Collection andRead More

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Celebrating JDAI at 25

A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation confirms that its signature Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) has reduced juvenile incarceration and juvenile crime rates by significant numbers in its 25 years. JDAI at 25: Insights From the Annual Results Reports presents comparative data for JDAI sites, key challenges to detention reform and JDAI’s goalsRead More

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Behind the Problem of Student Homelessness

A New York Times article highlights new research showing just how pervasive the problem of homelessness is for many college students. Last month, the Wisconsin HOPE Lab at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, released a study that surveyed students at 70 community colleges in 24 states. It found that 14 percent were homeless. Those findings build on aRead More

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Juvenile Justice and Workforce Development Leaders Plot Path to Better Collaboration

On Wednesday, March 29, the National Youth Employment Coalition (NYEC) and Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. (YAP) convened a dozen workforce-development and juvenile-justice leaders in Washington, D.C., for a dialogue to break down misconceptions and identify new avenues for collaboration between the systems. Despite many sets of recommendations over the years, justice-involved youth still are notRead More

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Expanded SSI Application Timeframe for SSA Pilot Program

The Social Security Administration (SSA) has been implementing a pilot program since August 2016 that allows young people in foster care to apply for Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits earlier than permissible under current rules. Since 2010, the SSA’s rules have allowed foster children to apply for this program up to 90 days before hisRead More

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