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YAP Policy Director Calls for Development of Community-Based Continuum for Youth Beyond Bars

  • 12/19/2016 8:59:00 AM
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In this Huffington Post blog, YAP Policy and Advocacy Director Shaena Fazal weighs in on the new report Beyond Bars:  Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons.  The report, published by The National Collaboration for Youth, promotes a new approach for caring for justice-involved young people.  "Many young people in the juvenile justice system are confined, sometimes in out-of-state facilities – often due to mental health needs – only because the services they need to do not e...
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Burns Institute Report on DMC Cites YAP's Safely Home

  • 8/4/2016 10:17:00 AM
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"While the overall rate of incarceration of all youth has decreased by 55% since 1997, the rate of incarceration of youth of color continues to rise, marking an alarming pattern."A report by the Burns Institute examines the dispropritionate overrepresentation of youth of color in prisons.  "Stemming the Rising Tide: Racial & Ethnic Disparities in Youth Incarceration and Strategies for Change" cites Youth Advocate Programs' report Safely Home and its call for culturally competent, community b...
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No Throwaway Kids

No Throwaway Kids

  • 3/4/2016 8:38:00 AM
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In this Huffington Post blog, Shaena Fazal, YAP National Policy Director, urges politicians and the public to stop treating youth in conflict with the law like throwaway kids by confining them.  She points to new polling data that suggests the majority of Americans agree that youth can be taught to take responsibility for their actions without resorting to incarceration.  "The time is right to focus our energy and resources on bringing and keeping young people safely home and abandoning the yout...
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JJ Organizations Share Policy Platform for JJ Reform with Presidential Candidates

JJ Organizations Share Policy Platform for JJ Reform with Presidential Candidates

  • 2/26/2016 9:27:00 AM
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Nine national juvenile justice organizations developed a policy platform for juvenile justice reform and shared it with all Presidential candidates. Please CLICK HERE to read more.February 23, 2016Dear Presidential Candidate,We know you care about keeping our communities safe, ensuring the welfare of our children, and guaranteeing a fair and equitable justice system for all. While there are realistic, sensible policies and programs that can help us realize these goals, our current justice syste...
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