If you want to learn more about juvenile justice in America, these national organizations are a good place to start.
The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is a national initiative focused on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. CFYJ advances it’s mission through federal advocacy, media, research, and policy initiatives, as well as conducting technical assistance to states.
The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) is a nationwide coalition of State Advisory Groups (SAGs), organizations, individuals, youth, and allies dedicated to preventing children and youth from becoming involved in the courts and upholding the highest standards of care when youth are charged with wrongdoing and enter the justice system.
Juvenile-in-Justice is a collection of images, interviews, audio documents, and texts created over a dozen years, at 300 sites in 35 states, drawn from the lives of more than 1,000 kids. They work with educational institutions and non-profits to better understand and/or explain the needs, policies, strategies, and resources required to facilitate better outcomes for the 53,000+ children in custody every day.
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)® is a network of juvenile justice practitioners and other system stakeholders across the country working to build a better and more equitable youth justice system.