It’s time to stop prosecuting kids as adults.
Prison Kids: A Crime A Crime Against America's Children
We incarcerate children at a higher rate than any other developed country. Kids make mistakes — sometimes large, sometimes small. And every day in America, they can be locked up in stark, mismanaged hellholes and marked for life.
Fusion traveled across the country, gathering the stories of kids who grew up behind bars. We found children subjected to solitary confinement; mental health problems; physical, mental, and sexual abuse; racial inequities; lives ruined forever at an early age.
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What happens when a juvenile offender is locked up in a super-maximum security prison? Frontline reports on the story of Alonza Thoomas.
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Part of the 40 for 40: 40 Stories for 40 Years of the JJDPA video wall project, marking the 40th anniversary in 2014 of the landmark U.S. law, the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA).
Participants from around the United States -- young people, advocates, researchers, law enforcement, judges, policymakers -- shared personal stories and reflections on the law, why it matters, and why it must be strengthened and better enforced.
Learn more: http://sparkaction.org/40for40
"For Their Own Protection": Children in Long-Term Solitary Confinement- Reason TV (September 2013)
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"Why lock somebody up while you're locked up? You're trying to kill their spirit even more," says Michael Kemp, describing his six-month stay in solitary confinement at age 17.
Solitary confinement was once a punishment reserved for the most-hardened, incorrigible criminals. Today, it is standard practice for tens of thousands of juveniles in prisons and jails across America. Far from being limited to the most violent offenders, solitary confinement is now used against perpetrators of minor crimes and children who are forced to await their trials in total isolation. Often, these stays are prolonged, lasting months or even years at a time.
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AFP report on CFYJ and Youth in the Justice System
In the US, minors who get in trouble with the law often face a justice system that treats them like adults, and punishes them with long sentences in tough prisons. After spending their teenage years behind bars, many have a hard time adjusting to life on the outside.
Holidays for Kids in the Adult Criminal Justice System Book Drive on News Channel 8 in D.C.
D.C.'s News Channel 8 covers the Campaign for Youth Justice's Holiday Book Drive with Free Minds Book Club. News features formerly incarcerated youth and burgeoning poet and activist Michael Kemp. Story details restrictions to education on kids in the adult criminal justice system.
State Trends Report
IN AN EFFORT TO CUT JUVENILE CRIME AND IMPROVE PUBLIC SAFETY, FIFTEEN STATES HAVE PASSED LEGISLATION REMOVING YOUTH FROM THE ADULT CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM. THATʼS ACCORDING TO A NEW REPORT, "STATE TRENDS:
LEGISLATIVE CHANGES FROM 2005 TO 2010," BY THE CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH JUSTICE.
Neelum Arya on State Trends Report
Neelum Arya, author of State Trends Report Legislative Victories from 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System briefly explains the report and its implications
Angelo Jones Talks about Incarceration and College
Angelo Jones from North Carolina was a 3.0 student in college, but didn't know how tough North Carolina's laws were for kids. Angelo tells you his story about missing a curfew and the consequences that follow.
Justice and Safety, a video production of CFYJ
KFVS-TV Missouri speaks with Parent/Advocate and CFYJ Spokesperson Tracy McClard
Tracy McClard, a Jackson, MO mother, lost her son to suicide in an adult jail. KFVS-TV profiles this incredible mother and her juvenile justice advocacy work.
WLOS Reports on North Carolina Juvenile Justice Reform
Action for Children North Carolina, Children First and Communities in Schools of Buncombe County held a community forum on best practices for steering youth away from crime, consequences of sending youth to the adult criminal system, engaging communities in the public policy debate, and funding for local juvenile justice service programs. Shay Bilchik, Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown Public Policy Institute, former prosecutor, and former head of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, joined Pediatrician Dr. Olson Huff as speakers.
KFVS-TV Profiles Parent/Advocate and CFYJ Spokesperson Tracy McClard on her efforts for reform in Missouri
Tracy McClard's son Jonathan took his life at 17 years old in an adult facility. Tracy is now working with the Campaign for Youth Justice make others aware of the danger of placing youth in adult jails and prisons. KFVS-TV sat down with Tracy to discuss the issue.
Faith Communities for Families and Children presents, God Cries When We Sentence Children to Die in Prison
Faith Communities for Families and Children presents, God Cries When We Sentence Children to Die in Prison. Five religious leaders from diverse faith traditions, united with the shared conviction that God does not want any of our children to perish as casualties of our justice system.