National Center for Youth Law

Juvenile Justice

NCYL believes that children are different from adults and should be treated appropriately for their age, level of development, and ability to change. We advocate for community based services as an alternative to incarceration, and work to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities within the juvenile justice system.


Ending Child Trafficking - California

December 21, 2016
NCYL raises public awareness about the plight of sex trafficked children and young adults and helps formulate and implement public policies that address their needs as victims, not criminals.

Shutting Down the School to Prison Pipeline - California

December 21, 2016
NCYL has launched a campaign to interrupt the “school-to-prison pipeline” through early interventions focused on creating positive school environments that address students’ academic and behavioral needs.

Ensuring Vulnerable Students Can Attend Their Community School - Texas

December 21, 2016
By improving probation agency and school district policy and practice; and building the capacity of community based organizations, this project will ensure students exiting juvenile detention are quickly enrolled in their community school and vulnerable populations of students remain in their community school.

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