The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is a national campaign focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. CFYJ was initiated in 2004 by a parent whose son was transferred to the adult criminal court for prosecution. From the start, CFYJ knew that those closest to the problem were critical in any successful reform.
Since our inception, 35 states and DC have changed more than 75 laws that make it harder to try children as adults. While the number of youth in adult jails and prisons has declined more than 60%, there are still at least 76,000 children a year prosecuted as adults. EVERY STATE IN THE NATION STILL PROSECUTES CHILDREN AS ADULTS.
Without the support of donors like you, none of this work would be possible. Your donation will directly support putting campaign tools in the hands of people throughout the country to create a brighter future for all of our kids.
-$500 allows us to train youth or family members to be spokespeople for a state campaign
-$250 allows us to transport a spokesperson to testify in front of a state’s legislator to leverage their story for reform
-$100 allows us to provide “share your story” workbooks to 10 youth organizers
-$50 allows us to provide an advocacy kit to one of the hundreds of YJAM events held around the country that help raise awareness.
By donating to CFYJ, you can make a difference in the lives of youth trapped in the adult system. Let's work together to stop inhumane, unjust, and ineffective policies across the country. We can’t do it without you!
To donate by mail, please make your check out to "Campaign for Youth Justice" and mail to:
Campaign for Youth Justice
P.O. Box 34661
Washington, DC 20043