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Help Us Reform the Youth Justice System


Our justice system has become an enormous maze for youth in trouble with the law. This maze has too many paths in and too few ways out. Worst of all? Youth of color are treated more harshly than their white peers for the same offenses.

That's why we fight for a youth justice system that's smaller and fairer.

We're Fixing the Youth Justice Maze, State by State

There is no national juvenile justice system. The maze is different in every state. That's why we’re building a movement of state-based leaders to fight for change. Right now, we have 53 member organizations across 43 states and the District of Coumbia, and a robust cadre of members who are alumni of our Youth Justice Leadership Institute.  And we're still growing.  Our members make change happen in their state legislatures, in the courts, and in juvenile justice systems across the country.

NJJN serves as their hardware store and on-call specialists: we supply them with information and policy aids, and advise them on strategy, communications, and fiscal analysis.

You Can Make a Difference in the Lives of Thousands of Children and Teens

We’ve made progress dismantling the youth justice maze in multiple states. But the next few years will be critical to creating a youth justice system that keeps us safe and ensures that youth in trouble with the law grow up with the skills they need to contribute to their communities.

Your tax-deductible gift — of $25, $50, $100, or more — won’t just help a few young people. Instead, you’ll be helping to ensure that thousands of children across the country don’t enter or get stuck in the youth justice maze. By helping NJJN and its members change laws and policy that affect every young person, your gift will have a lasting impact, helping to build strong communities with plenty of opportunity for everyone.

Want to pay by check?

Just drop it in the mail it to us at:

National Juvenile Justice Network
P.O. Box 43740
Washington, DC  20010

Photos: Flickr user Paul de los Reyes. Youth are shown are for representation purposes only.