• NO CHILD SHOULD SPEND LIFE IN PRISON

    At the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, we work to end extreme sentencing for children, and particularly the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole. We lead, coordinate, develop, and support efforts to implement just alternatives to these excessive sentences, and we seek to document, challenge, reduce, and eliminate all disproportionately punitive treatment of youth of color.

    Find out how to get involved.

  • ALL CHILDREN
    DESERVE HOPE

    At the Campaign for the Fair Sentencing of Youth, we work to end extreme sentencing for children, and particularly the practice of sentencing children to life in prison without the possibility of parole. We lead, coordinate, develop, and support efforts to implement just alternatives to these excessive sentences, and we seek to document, challenge, reduce, and eliminate all disproportionately punitive treatment of youth of color.

    Find out how to get involved.

Know The Issues

Explore the issues surrounding fair sentencing, from legal cases to statistics, then learn how you can make an impact.

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    There is still so much work to do. Consider making a contribution now to give children the second chances they deserve.

ICAN (Incarcerated Children’s Advocacy Network) is a network of leaders who were incarcerated as children. Now, they’re informing our efforts, communicating their personal stories, and driving efforts to create positive change within their communities.

Featured Story

At age 17, Kimberly Simmons was an expectant mother who was charged with first degree felony murder and was later sentenced to serve her the rest of her life in prison.

Today, at 47, Kimberly is a free woman who is a member of ICAN, and is discovering what it is like to live as an adult in free society and preparing to be the kind of mother she wasn’t allowed to be the first time.

NEWS

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ICAN Profile: Kim Simmons

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At age 17, Kimberly Simmons was an expectant mother who was charged with first degree felony murder and was later sentenced to serve her the rest of her life in…

Legal Highlights: Lengthy and 'de facto life' sentences for children

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The first few months of 2018 have seen a number of cases from state appellate courts on issues surrounding juvenile sentencing, many of them addressing lengthy or…

JLWOP in the 2018 NCAA Tournament Sweet Sixteen

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You can't go much of anywhere in March without finding yourself in a conversation about the NCAA Basketball Championship -- better known as 'March Madness' --…

Join The Cause

At the CFSY, we’re on the front lines working to ensure that children are held accountable in fair, age-appropriate ways. You can join us. Learn how to get involved and help us make a real difference in the lives of individuals who were incarcerated as children, their families, and all people affected by injustices in the system.

Learn more about the fight to end extreme sentences for children.

Support our programs and national efforts to ensure that all children are given a second chance.

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