By the age of 20, Ja'Vaune Jackson had more than eight years of involvement with the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice. And, during these times, he had ideas about how to make the system better. Today, as a member of the Youth Advisory Board, he's sharing his idea and lifting up other youth leaders in juvenile justice reform.

October 16, 2017

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I Was a Kid in Solitary Confinement

At age 16, Alyssa B. was sent to adult prison, where she spent 23 hours a day in lockdown without positive human contact or regular programming. This post, written by Alyssa B., recounts the life-changing experience and reveals what justice-involved youth really need to turn their lives around.

June 15, 2017

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Law Enforcement Has a Powerful Role to Play in Advancing JDAI

A new practice guide and executive summary highlight the importance of training law enforcement commanders and patrol officers on the developmental differences between youth and adults. This knowledge — coupled with a commitment to treating youth in age-appropriate ways — can make a powerful and positive difference in young people’s lives. 

April 17, 2017

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State Leaders Study Virginia Juvenile Justice Transformation

The National Governors Association is bringing representatives of five states and territories to Richmond, Virginia, this week to learn about Virginia’s transformation in juvenile justice and its specific strategies for reducing juvenile incarceration, an evolution the Casey Foundation has invested in and supported with technical assistance for the past two years.

April 11, 2017

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Casey Names 12 to its Juvenile Justice Youth Advisory Council

The Annie E. Casey Foundation has selected 12 young adults from across the country to join its Youth Advisory Council. All individuals tapped to serve on the council have personal experience with some aspect of the juvenile justice system, whether it’s probation, detention, commitment, residential placement, incarceration or aftercare.

March 31, 2017

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