In Pennsylvania, 47% of youth who are between the ages of 14 and 21 are placed in group homes and institutions. This figure should be shocking and unacceptable - we know that youth should grow up in families.
No doubt, our facilities need better oversight to avoid such abuses – but our youth also deserve more than that. They deserve to be kept safe and supported in their own homes, in other family settings, and in their communities.
I have always been interested in justice reform because of the challenges I experienced when I was in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. So, one day I decided to join Juveniles for Justice because I saw opportunity; an opportunity to share my story in ways that would contribute to justice reform.