OUR Youth Justice WORK FOCUSES ON
FAIR, EFFECTIVE, AND SAFE SCHOOL PRACTICES
All schools should provide staff with training on effective school discipline strategies, work to eliminate opportunities for bias in school discipline, and connect students with supports to make good choices and avoid involvement in the justice system.
YOUTH JUSTICE REFORMS
To continue improving the juvenile justice system and community safety in Texas, we must prioritize effective delinquency prevention and diversion programs; reduce recidivism by locking up fewer kids and providing appropriate rehabilitative services; protect the safety of youth in the system; and ensure youth are held accountable for mistakes in a way that doesn’t limit employment and other opportunities in adulthood.
ADDRESSING THE INTERSECTION OF YOUTH JUSTICE AND OTHER ISSUES
Supporting children and families through appropriate mental health services, Child Protective Services programs, and other efforts are key to helping youth either avoid the juvenile justice system or succeed if they enter it.
Our Latest on Youth Justice
Our November 2018 policy priorities for the session
Our June 2018 blog on keys to safe and supportive schools
Our March 2018 report on early grade suspensions in Texas
Our 2017 legislative recap on youth justice policy
Our April 2017 report on Raising the Age co-authored by our partner organizations
Our April 2017 policy brief on suspensions and expulsions in early grades
Our January 2017 op-ed on raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction
Our December 2016 report co-authored by Texas Appleseed on school policing
Our April 2016 op-ed on keeping more youth closer to home