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Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project

1528 Walnut Street, Suite 515
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Phone: 267-703-8046
Web: http://ysrp.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhillyYSRP

Lauren Fine, Founder
Email: lfine@ysrp.org
Phone: 267-703-8049

Joanna Visser Adjoian, Founder
Email: jvisseradjoian@ysrp.org
Phone: 267-703-8047

Organizational Description:  The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. We partner with court-involved youth, their families, and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, health care, housing, and employment. Our ultimate goal is to keep children out of adult jails and prisons.

Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project 

2231 North Broad St., Suite 200 

Philadelphia, PA 19132 

Phone: 267-571-YASP
Web: http://www.yasproject.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/yasproject
Twitter: @YASP2

Sarah Morris (Co-Director & Leadership Team Member)
Email: sarah@yasproject.com

Josh Glenn (Co-Director & Leadership Team Member)
Email: josh@yasproject.com
David Harrington (Leadership Team Member) 
Email: david@yasproject.com

Organizational Description:  The Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project (YASP) is building a youth-led movement to end the practice of  trying and incarcerating young people as adults.  Through its work in the Philadelphia jails, YASP provides space for incarcerated young people to express themselves creatively and to develop as leaders both within and beyond the prison walls.  Young people who have been through the adult court system are at the forefront of YASP, leading the movement to keep young people out of adult prisons and to create new possibilities for youth around the city.


Chaz-Arnett_juvenile-justice-reformChaz Arnett

Visiting Professor of Law
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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Areas of Expertise: police reform, quality of public defense, school-to-prison pipeline, mass incarceration

Bio: Chaz Arnett is a visiting assistant professor of law at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law (Pitt Law), teaching courses in juvenile justice, criminal procedure, legal ethics, and education law. As a YJLI fellow, he designed a legal practicum course for law students to study the effects of the school-to-prison pipeline and engage in hands-on work outside of the classroom focused on those issues. The following year, he led a partnership between Pitt Law and the Education Law Center to put his project into action and established Pitt Law's first Education Law Practicum.

Professor Arnett has also served as a trial attorney with the Juvenile Division of the Maryland Office of the Public Defender, as a staff attorney with the Advancement Project in Washington, D.C., where he supervised national campaigns and partnerships aimed at combating the school-to-prison pipeline, and as a trial attorney with the New Orleans Public Defender’s Office litigating adult felony cases, as part of the progressive defense reform efforts immediately following Hurricane Katrina.  A recipient of the prestigious Satter Fellowship at Harvard Law School’s Human Rights Program, he has also received numerous awards and accolades for his youth advocacy and championing of youth justice issues both locally as well as nationally.

Locale: Pennsylvania
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