The Youth Justice Work Group comprises regional and national grantmakers who support policies, practices, programs and advocacy that promote fair, effective and age-appropriate treatment and interventions for youth involved in the juvenile and criminal justice systems. We work across the intersections of justice, education, foster care, human services, workforce development, and health. Our goal is to help nonprofits and governments at the federal, state and local levels improve young people’s chances of becoming successful and productive adults, thereby improving community safety.
by Jessica Feierman Associate Director, Juvenile Law Center Approximately one million youth appear in juvenile court each year. In every state, youth and families face juvenile justice costs, fees, fines, or restitution. Youth who can’t afford to pay for their freedom often face serious consequences, including incarceration, extended probation, or denial of treatment—they are unfairlyRead More
Human Impact Partners has released a new health impact assessment report entitled, Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased and Harmful. The findings show that: Charging youth as adults doesn’t protect community safety — in fact, it doubles recidivism. The adult court system ignores developmental science and environmental contexts — the context of aRead More
by Stephanie Campos-Bui, Policy Advocacy Clinic, U.C. Berkeley Law, and Kate Weisburd, East Bay Community Law Center. U.C. Berkeley Law Note: The authors will be our guests for a conference call on March 2nd. Click here to learn more and to RSVP. The End of Juvenile Fees in Alameda County, California: Pairing Practice and PolicyRead More
The Juvenile Law Center released Debtors’ Prison for Kids? The High Cost of Fines and Fees in the Juvenile Justice System, a groundbreaking report on the impact of juvenile court costs on youth and their families. The report includes a companion microsite featuring interactive maps. Click here to access the report.
The National Juvenile Defender Center has released a new report, Defend Children: A Blueprint for Effective Juvenile Defender Services, which details how children are arrested, prosecuted, and too often incarcerated without attorneys at their side. Click here to access the report.
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
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
Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change
A young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness for many reasons, including the fact that educational disruptions and juvenile delinquency records can make it harder to obtain employment. Youth experiencing homelessness may also be swept into the juvenile justice system through laws that prohibit simply being inRead More
Inside Philanthropy interviews Pinkerton Foundation President Rick Smith and Senior Program Officer Julie Peterson. Click here to read the article.
The latest episode of the Andrus Family Fund‘s podcast series is entitled “Realizing Youth Justice.” AFF President Leticia Peguero interviews Liz Ryan of Youth First about their advocacy work to close youth prisons and realize justice for America’s incarcerated children. Click here to listen to the podcast.
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
Commentary by Barack Obama Harvard Law Review Former President Barack Obama has authored an article for the Harvard Law Review, detailing his personal commitment to justice reform, and providing an overview of his Administration’s efforts and accomplishments. He also shares his insights regarding the methods of influence at a President’s disposal, as well as reflectionsRead More
by John Kelly The Chronicle of Social Change The Justice Department has published proposed new rules related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) that will require most states to make significant improvements or face the loss of federal funds at a time when the appropriation has dropped significantly. Click here to read theRead More
The Annie E. Casey Foundation has released a new KIDS COUNT Policy Report entitled, A Shared Sentence – The Devastating Toll of Parental Incarceration on Kids, Families and Communities. Download the report here.
by Erik Eckholm The New York Times Louisiana is among a dwindling number of states where 17-year-olds are automatically treated as adults, and among a growing number that are looking at revising those laws. Read the full story here.
“For these are all our children. We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.” – James Baldwin, Writer The Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform is a call to action to funders, policymakers, community leaders, system stakeholders, advocates, youth and families. We seek your bold leadership, your commitment and your voices as we workRead More
Investing to Improve the Well-Being of Vulnerable Youth and Young Adults: Recommendations for Policy and Practice
This publication explores the important role and responsibility of each youth-serving system in supporting well-being for youth and young adults and presents a new framework for well-being for young people, highlighting the various domains of well-being and the role of families, communities, and public systems in supporting well-being. It also includes a series of concrete and actionableRead More
Small Foundations, Big Wins: A Guide to Making Smart Choices About Grantmaking for Vulnerable Youth (2013)
This guide gives leaders of small foundations tried-and-true tools for building a strategic and effective grantmaking program. It also contains tips and examples to help you consider ways to leverage your investments. Download Publication
Throughout the country, there is movement away from punitive policies and practices, and a desire to reduce the number of incarcerated youth and preserve public funding without jeopardizing public safety. Many factors, explored below leading the Juvenile Justice Work Group to conclude that the time is ripe to fundamentally change the juvenile justice landscape. This Blueprint, now in its third printing,Read More
This checklist is intended to support the decision making process of new as well as veteran funders who are seeking to invest in supports and services for youth transitioning from foster care. This checklist goes beyond traditional questions of due diligence to focus on ways to leverage the learning of previous investors, to identify potential partnerships, and toRead More