Court costs, fines, fees, and restitution hurt youth and families. Justice-related debt pushes youth deeper into the system and keeps families in poverty.
The U. S. is the only country that sentences youth to die in prison. We work nationally to abolish life without parole sentences for youth.
Kids do best close to home and in their communities.
Juvenile Law Center advocates for a robust right to counsel for all youth in the child welfare and justice systems.
Around 250,000 youth enter the adult criminal justice system each year, despite research showing treating youth as adults does not reduce crime.
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