Youth Justice

The Criminal Justice Program’s youth justice work is supported through a partnership between CJP, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Liberty Hill Foundation, and Los Angeles County’s Youth Development and Diversion department. Our youth justice policy work endeavors to support transformation of the juvenile justice and child welfare/family regulation systems through generating critical research and policy advocacy work. We strive to engage students in the practice of community lawyering, immerse them in youth justice policy and practice, and empower a new generation of youth justice movement lawyers. Our research and advocacy focus on the following issues:

  • Pre-arrest youth diversion programs – implementation, best practices, and the development of legal supports for youth who are referred to diversion
  • Restorative and transformative justice opportunities for youth
  • The impact of fines and fees on young people in the juvenile justice system
  • The carceral connections between the foster system and the juvenile justice system

For more information contact CJP’s Youth Justice Policy Lead, Leah Gasser-Ordaz.

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