NCYL works to transform the youth justice system so that it better embodies true justice and equity for children. We advance community-based, health-centered alternatives to harmful system practices and build towards a culture in which the system treats children as children. The work we do prioritizes evidence-based solutions that are proven to decrease recidivism and meet children with empathy and care.
NCYL provides direct services to students impacted by the youth justice system to help improve their school’s practices to better serve them. We also work directly with youth to file litigation and mobilize youth in policy advocacy and grassroots capacity building through partnerships with community-based organizations.
Legal Advocacy & Impact Litigation
Laws & Policy
Report finds schools in L.A. County's youth justice system lacking
Colorado kids as young as 10 are being locked up. Child advocates want to set the minimum age at 13.
How to Break the Juvenile Detention Cycle: New Research Shows a Way
Changes to California's youth prison system prove difficult to implement
California moves to phase out its state-run youth prisons
Palm Beach County schools sued over their use of Baker Act to send kids to psych wards
Palm Beach Post
Miranda Rights - Protection Guides for Youth and Professionals
Youth Justice In California: Obstacles to a Public Health Approach
District Leadership Checklist for Supporting the Unique Needs of Students in Foster Care, Experiencing Homelessness or in the Juvenile Justice System
Ending Endless Probation
Alternative Education in California: A Primer for Advocates and Community Stakeholders
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