Across the nation, local and national advocates, organizations, families, and leaders are coming together to apply pressure and guidance to ensure justice impacted youth are not forgotten during the COVID-19 pandemic. While most of our youth are housed and cared for in the juvenile justice system, we also know there are many young people wrapped up in the adult criminal justice system as well. The following list of resources and articles is meant to help leaders around the country make informed decisions for their agencies, communities, and youth by staying informed about what’s happening in other jurisdictions and following best practices and guidance coming out from public health, youth justice experts, and other professionals.
Read our statement with recommendations for youth justice systems responding to the COVID-19 emergency.
The YCLJ steering committee signed onto a declaration to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court, as part of a King’s Bench Petition filed by Juvenile Law Center, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project and DLA Piper.
A brief of amici curiae juvenile and criminal justice and corrections leaders was submitted to the Court of Appeals of Maryland on behalf of the YCLJ Steering Committee, Fair and Just Prosecution, and the Director and Senior Counsel at Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime & Incarceration. Read the press release here.
YCLJ Steering Committee co-chairs Gladys Carrion and Vincent Schiraldi wrote a letter to Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards, urging the expedited release of youth in custody and additional resources to support young people in their communities.
Press related to statements and resources put out by YCLJ:
Connection to Families and Loved Ones
Ensuring Education, Services, and Court
Reducing System Contact and Intakes
Eliminating fines and fees
Court Orders, Executive Orders, and Lawsuits
Other Pages Tracking COVID in Youth Justice Systems