Get Involved: Advocates for Change in Juvenile Justice

Posted March 7, 2016, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

As a Foundation, we work directly with public jurisdictions to implement improved juvenile justice reforms. We focus on creating systems that use proven family-oriented interventions and lock up fewer kids through the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative and work to reduce youth incarceration. However, change must occur at many levels, so we partner with a network of organizations that promote reforms and advocate for better youth and family outcomes. If you would like to join the movement to improve juvenile justice, consider connecting with the following national organizations or ones in the state or county where you live:

Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth
CFSY is a national coalition and clearinghouse focused on fair and age-appropriate sentences for youth, with a focus on abolishing life without parole sentences for youth.

Campaign For Youth Justice
CFYJ is a national initiative focused on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. 

Center for Children's Law and Policy
The CCLP is a public interest law and policy organization focused on reform of the juvenile justice system and protection of the rights of troubled and at-risk children.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
CJJ is a nationwide coalition dedicated to bringing about positive policy and practice change in the juvenile justice system. 

The Community Justice Network for Youth
CJNY builds capacity in community organizations to advocate for fairness and equity in youth-serving systems. 

Justice for Families
J4F works toward giving families voice and power in how and what decisions are made and advocates for direct investments in youth, families and communities.

Justice Policy Institute
JPI conducts research and analyses that identify effective programs and policies and provides training and technical assistance to people working for justice reform.

Juvenile Law Center
JLC is a non-profit, public interest law firm that uses legal strategies and legislative advocacy for the benefit of youth in the juvenile justice system. 

National Center for Victims of Crime
The National Center secures rights, resources and protections for victims of crime. 

National Council on Crime and Delinquency 
NCCD applies research to policy and practice in order to improve systems (juvenile justice, criminal justice and child welfare) for better outcomes. 

National Juvenile Defender Center
NJDC builds the capacity of the juvenile defense bar and improves access to counsel and quality of representation for children in the justice system.

National Juvenile Justice Network
NJJN supports and enhances the work of state-based groups to promote juvenile justice reforms. To find a group in your state, visit

Pretrial Justice Institute
PJI supports the use of data-driven, evidence-informed policies and practices across the juvenile and adult pretrial justice continuum in order to eliminate outcomes that are influenced by race, gender, social class or economic status.

W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity
The Burns Institute works to reduce overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.

Youth First
Youth First is a national advocacy campaign to end the incarceration of youth by closing youth prisons and investing in community-based alternatives to incarceration and programs for youth.

Youth Transition Funders Group
YTFG is a national network of funders that support the well-being of vulnerable young people. Its Youth Justice Work Group supports fair, effective and age-appropriate treatment and interventions for youth involved in the justice system. 

In a related post, we share information about juvenile justice resources. We highlight key juvenile justice publications from Casey and additional sources of information, data and analyses. We also share information about keeping abreast of current events in juvenile justice.

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