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Youth Sentencing and Reentry Project

123 South Broad Street, 24th Floor 
Philadelphia, PA 19109

Phone: 215-804-9093
Web: http://ysrp.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PhillyYSRP

Lauren Fine, Founder
Email: lfine@ysrp.org
Phone: 215-772-5015

Joanna Visser Adjoian, Founder
Email: jvisseradjoian@ysrp.org
Phone: 215-772-5016

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.


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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