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It's Youth Justice Action Month! Take the Pledge to #VoteYouthJustice

Campaign for Youth Justice

On November 6th, the local, state, and federal elected officials that earn my vote will stand for youth justice.  In doing so, they will advocate for legislation, policies, and practices that:

  • Keep youth in school and out of court for behavior that can be appropriately handled through effective and restorative school discipline practices.
  • Limit law enforcement presence in schools and approach school safety in a way that enhances the learning environment.
  • Divert youth away from the juvenile and adult criminal justice system by supporting and referring youth to community based alternatives.
  • Allow youth to be treated as youth in a juvenile justice system that focuses on rehabilitation and public safety rather than permitting their transfer to adult court by a prosecutor or automatically by statute.
  • Keep all youth out of adult jails and prisons.
  • Prioritize keeping youth safely in their home and communities rather than in out-of-home placements by investing in therapeutic, trauma responsive care.
  • Support access to well-trained and well-resourced public defenders.
  • End the practice of holding youth in solitary confinement.  
  • Commit to sentences that aren’t extreme and that recognize youth are different from adults, more amenable to change, and desist from future offending with appropriate supports.  
  • Are responsive to the specific needs of girls, LGBTQI+ youth, youth with disabilities, and youth with mental health challenges.
  • Acknowledge the impact of racial discrimination and systemic oppression against people of color, and take action to address it in their work.  
  • Invest funding and resources in youth and their communities rather than in prisons.

I vote for youth justice, will you join me?

 

 

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It's Youth Justice Action Month! Take the Pledge to #VoteYouthJustice

Campaign for Youth Justice

On November 6th, the local, state, and federal elected officials that earn my vote will stand for youth justice.  In doing so, they will advocate for legislation, policies, and practices that:

  • Keep youth in school and out of court for behavior that can be appropriately handled through effective and restorative school discipline practices.
  • Limit law enforcement presence in schools and approach school safety in a way that enhances the learning environment.
  • Divert youth away from the juvenile and adult criminal justice system by supporting and referring youth to community based alternatives.
  • Allow youth to be treated as youth in a juvenile justice system that focuses on rehabilitation and public safety rather than permitting their transfer to adult court by a prosecutor or automatically by statute.
  • Keep all youth out of adult jails and prisons.
  • Prioritize keeping youth safely in their home and communities rather than in out-of-home placements by investing in therapeutic, trauma responsive care.
  • Support access to well-trained and well-resourced public defenders.
  • End the practice of holding youth in solitary confinement.  
  • Commit to sentences that aren’t extreme and that recognize youth are different from adults, more amenable to change, and desist from future offending with appropriate supports.  
  • Are responsive to the specific needs of girls, LGBTQI+ youth, youth with disabilities, and youth with mental health challenges.
  • Acknowledge the impact of racial discrimination and systemic oppression against people of color, and take action to address it in their work.  
  • Invest funding and resources in youth and their communities rather than in prisons.

I vote for youth justice, will you join me?