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Justice Reformers

More than 100 law enforcement, social justice, faith-based, and child protection organizations endorse the abolishment of life without parole sentences for children.

15 to Life – Juvenile

Learn about some of the organizations working at the forefront of the movement to end juvenile life without parole and promote fair sentencing for youth.

Alabama

Southern Poverty Law Center ➞

Work on reforming school discipline policies in order to prevent children ending up in the justice system.

Equal Justice Initiative ➞

Provides legal representation to indigent defendants and prisoners who have been denied fair and just treatment in the legal system.

Arizona

Children’s Action Alliance ➞

Uses research, publications, and advocacy to give voice to Arizona’s children in health, education and juvenile justice.

California

Center for Juvenile Law and Policy ➞

Fostering systemic reform of the Los Angeles Juvenile Justice system through ongoing research, discussion, and advocacy.

Youth Justice Leadership Institute: Building a Movement ➞

Train advocates who reflect the communities most affected by juvenile justice system practices and policies.

The Beat Within ➞

A weekly publication of writing and art from incarcerated youth.

Colorado

Pendulum Foundation ➞

Dedicated to educating the public about the issue of children in adult prisons.

Colorado Criminal Defense Bar ➞

Professional association dedicated to protecting the rights of the accused, and looks at reforming laws that put juveniles through adult courts.

Colorado Juvenile Defender Coalition ➞

Seeks to improve the quality of juvenile defense and the treatment of youth in Colorado’s juvenile justice system.

Connecticut

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance ➞

Aim to reduce the number of children and youth entering the juvenile and criminal justice system, and advocate a safe, effective, and fair system for those involved.

Delaware

Delaware Center for Justice ➞

Provide public education, research, and advocacy to support the family court department of services for children, youth, and their families.

District of Columbia

DC Lawyers for Youth ➞

Advocate for reforms that promote positive youth development and effective legal representation.

Florida

Southern Poverty Law Center ➞

Works to reduce the number of youth confined in both residential and detention settings, and stop children from being pushed out of public schools.

The Children in Prison Project ➞

Provides legal representation to the 256 juveniles who received life without parole sentences in Florida. Each year 12 Law students are selected to help represent CIPP’s clients.

Georgia

JUSTGeorgia ➞

Support a long-term coalition that will advocate, monitor, and report on the conditions, laws, and policies that affect the justice and safety of Georgia’s young people.

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange ➞

A publication focused on the exchange of ideas, in regards to the Juvenile Justice system and issues facing the youth.

Illinois

Juvenile Justice Initiative ➞

A statewide coalition aiming to reduce reliance on confinement, and develop an adequate range of community-based resources.

Project NIA ➞

Seek to dramatically reduce the reliance on arrest, detention, and incarceration for addressing youth crime.

Indiana

Children’s Policy and Law Initiative of Indiana ➞

Seeks to reform the culture and public policy surrounding children in Indiana to be age and developmentally appropriate.

Iowa

Iowa Coalition 4 Juvenile Justice ➞

Their mission is to eliminate the sentence of life without the possibility of parole for juveniles in the State of Iowa.

Kentucky

Children’s Law Center ➞

Emphasize that children are different and that their individualized needs should be addressed in the legal advocacy for children.

Kentucky Youth Advocates ➞

A multi-issue policy group focused on children and youth, in the areas of economic well-being, education, health, safety, juvenile justice, immigrants and refugees.

Louisiana

Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana ➞

Provides information, direct representation, monitoring of youth prisons, and public education to promote rehabilitation and education for children in the justice system.

Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children ➞

A statewide membership to empower individuals, families and communities to transform currently oppressive systems and institutions.

Maryland

Just Kids ➞

A collaborative of the Public Justice Center (PJC) and Community Law in Action (CLIA) to end the automatic prosecution of youth as adults in Maryland.

Massachusetts

Citizens for Juvenile Justice ➞

Focus on areas of raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction, racial disparities, data collection, and reauthorization of JJDPA.

Minnesota

Juvenile Justice Coalition of Minnesota ➞

Community organizations working to improve the health and welfare of youth and their families involved with the juvenile justice system.

Mississippi

Southern Poverty Law Center – Mississippi Office ➞

Representing the class of children in Morgan vs. Sproat in an effort to improve conditions at both facilities.

Mississippi Center for Justice ➞

A law firm committed to advancing racial and economic justice.

Missouri

Missouri Juvenile Justice Association ➞

Connects juvenile justice system professionals with organizations and individuals interested in improving the Missouri juvenile justice system.

Families and Friends Organizing for Reform of Juvenile Justice ➞

Parent lead juvenile justice organization, working to change the laws that turn children into adults.

Nebraska

Voices for Children in Nebraska ➞

Work on increased funding for community-based services and facility improvements.

New Mexico

New Mexico Council on Crime and Delinquency ➞

Works to address the causes of crime and delinquency and improve New Mexico’s responses through education and citizen advocacy.

New York

Juvenile Justice Coalition ➞

Representatives from 15 organizations sets policy agenda in relation to -alternatives to detention, education and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender youth in the juvenile justice system.

Institute for Juvenile Justice Reform and Alternatives ➞

Work to reduce the rate and likelihood of youth incarceration by conducting policy reform and community empowerment.

North Carolina

NC Child ➞

Informs law makers and community advocates of public policies and programs that benefit children and young people.

Ohio

Juvenile Justice Coalition ➞

Provide current research, training opportunities and a forum to communicate with the government and community on juvenile justice matters.

Oklahoma

Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy ➞

Fight for policies that improve the lives of children and families by being their voice at the State Capitol.

Oregon

Partnership for Safety and Justice ➞

Works with people convicted of crime, survivors of crime, and the families of both to advocate for effective and just policies and better public safety.

Pennsylvania

Juvenile Law Center ➞

Plays a leadership role in Pennsylvania and nationally to shape the law on behalf of children in the child welfare and justice systems.

Rhode Island

Rhode Island KIDS COUNT ➞

Stimulates dialogue on children’s issues, and promotes accountability and action to improve their health, education and safety.

Texas

Solutions for Youth Justice, Texas Criminal Justice Coalition ➞

Promote increased resources for community based alternatives to incarceration and treatment for substance abuse and mental health problems.

Texas Appleseed ➞

Leverages the skills and resources of volunteer lawyers and other professionals to promote social and economic justice of the most vulnerable.

Virginia

JustChildren, Legal Aid Justice Center ➞

Provide free civil legal representation to low-income children statewide who have problems with the education, foster care, and juvenile justice systems.

Washington

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth ➞

Coordinates, develops and supports efforts to implement just alternatives to the extreme sentencing of America’s youth.

TeamChild ➞

Provide direct representation, community education, and policy and systemic advocacy, which aim to keep youth out of the juvenile justice system.

Campaign for Youth Justice ➞

Dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under 18 in the adult criminal justice system.

Human Rights Watch ➞

Lays the legal and moral groundwork for deep-rooted social change through objective investigations and strategic, targeted advocacy.  Since 2007, one of the organization’s main objectives has been to end JLWOP in the United States.

West Virginia

American Civil Liberties Union of West Virginia ➞

Aim to assure the Bill of Rights and rights guaranteed by the West Virginia Constitution are preserved for each new generation.

Wisconsin

Wisconsin Council on Children and Families ➞

Advocates for effective and efficient health, education, and human service delivery systems particularly for disadvantaged children and their families.

Wyoming

Wyoming Children’s Law Center, Inc. ➞

Provides legal advocacy and services that protect the rights of children to treatment, rehabilitation, education and safe homes.