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
California to phase out Division of Juvenile Justice, creating an opportunity for substantial reform
New Program Works to Keep Girls Out of Jail
Public News Service
George Gascon Prepares To Be Sworn-In As LA County’s Top Prosecutor
My News LA
Governor Signs Bradford Bill Protecting Youth Miranda Rights
L.A. Watts Times
California aims to phase out state-operated youth prisons
Is California’s last youth fire camp worth saving?
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
Help us realize our mission to Center Youth and create a world where every child thrives.