About

The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is a national initiative focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) was initiated in 2004 by a parent whose son was transferred to the adult criminal court for prosecution. Stemming from her family's circumstances and a desire to change state and federal policies that allow for the prosecution of hundreds of thousands of youth in adult court every year, this parent made a financial commitment to launch a national campaign. Subsequently, the Campaign for Youth Justice officially opened in July, 2005.

The strategic goals of CFYJ are to reduce the total number of youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system and to decrease the harmful impact of trying youth in adult court. The campaign utilizes both federal and state-level strategies for youth justice reform. We strongly believe that any movement must involve those who are most impacted by the laws and policies. Thus, we seek to empower those affected by encouraging them to use their voices and experiences to affect meaningful change.

The policy goals of CFYJ are:

  • To raise awareness about the negative impact of prosecuting youth in the adult criminal justice system as well as incarcerating youth in adult jails and prisons; 
  • To reduce the number of youth who are tried, sentenced, and incarcerated in the adult system, rather than adjudicated in the juvenile justice system; 
  • To decrease the harmful impact of trying youth in adult court; and 
  • To promote research-based, developmentally appropriate rehabilitative programs and services for youth as an alternative to the adult system.


CFYJ advances its mission through federal advocacy, media, research and policy initiatives, as well as conducting technical assistance in states.

Showing 33 reactions

  • Nikki Ohrt
    followed this page 2018-03-25 20:51:25 -0400
  • Nikki Ohrt
    posted about this on Facebook 2018-03-25 19:13:26 -0400
    About
  • Jacquelyn Babinski
    @Jacquelyn0691 tweeted link to this page. 2017-10-06 22:11:57 -0400
  • Erika Swenson
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-08-31 19:15:20 -0400
    About
  • Veronica Williams
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-27 22:03:16 -0400
    About
  • Corrie Piontak
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-26 10:35:17 -0400
    I'll be working with this group this fall to raise awareness and funds - looking forward to having you all join in!
  • Paula Montgomery
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-07-03 09:59:48 -0400
    About
  • Teresa Masia Perales
    @Spanishcountry tweeted link to this page. 2017-06-30 11:21:23 -0400
  • Angie Webb Auldridge
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-05-17 17:43:49 -0400
    About
  • Angie Webb Auldridge
    @Angie60804914 tweeted link to this page. 2017-05-17 17:43:43 -0400
  • Martha W D Bushnell
    posted about this on Facebook 2017-02-16 19:14:19 -0500
    About
  • Martha W D Bushnell
    @MarthaWDB tweeted link to this page. 2017-02-16 19:14:17 -0500
  • Lynnrtte Curry
    followed this page 2016-12-12 00:27:59 -0500
  • Lynnrtte Curry
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-12-12 00:27:20 -0500
    About
  • Martha W D Bushnell
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-11-20 23:25:15 -0500
    About
  • Christina Sanchez
    followed this page 2016-09-27 13:44:29 -0400
  • YellowpinePrichard Dre
    followed this page 2016-07-02 10:27:17 -0400
  • regina martinez
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-20 22:31:19 -0400
    About
  • Christina Sanchez
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-06-11 03:35:17 -0400
    About
  • Angela Retana
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-24 22:29:21 -0400
    About
  • Angela Retana
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-24 22:28:59 -0400
    About
  • Angela Retana
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-04-24 22:26:56 -0400
    About
  • Lashauna Bellamy
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-25 00:01:07 -0400
    About
  • Kirk Ramble
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-03-23 08:21:45 -0400
    About
  • Jeff Bradley
    posted about this on Facebook 2016-02-29 19:30:56 -0500
    About
  • Jean Pond
    followed this page 2016-01-15 00:21:28 -0500
  • Jeannie Pond
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-26 14:01:05 -0400
    About Juvenile (In)Justice What we can do.
  • Teresa Baker
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-19 11:55:27 -0400
    About
  • Martha W D Bushnell
    posted about this on Facebook 2015-10-12 19:16:30 -0400
    About
  • Jim Feig
    followed this page 2015-10-12 13:37:50 -0400