Entries by Matt Gritzmacher

CFSY joins Changing Minds Campaign kickoff at White House

On Wednesday, October 19th, CFSY Youth Justice Advocate Xavier McElrath-Bey and Executive Director Jody Kent Lavy joined Futures Without Violence, the Defending Childhood Initiative, the U.S Department of Justice, and many of our nation’s leaders at the White House to launch the Changing Minds Campaign—a national movement to address the needs of children who are […]

October is Youth Justice Awareness Month!

October has been Youth Justice Awareness Month (YJAM) since 2008. During YJAM, people across the country have organized events that have helped to raise awareness, strengthen coalitions, and build campaigns to keep children out of the adult criminal justice system. For the second straight year, President Obama has formalized October as Youth Justice Awareness Month with […]

October is Youth Justice Awareness Month

October is Youth Justice Awareness Month – as proclaimed by President Obama — and we are celebrating and honoring all of the hard work of community leaders, advocates, coalition builders, legislative champions, judicial officials, defenders, and directly impacted individuals who seek to ensure that our country holds children accountable in age-appropriate ways that account for […]

States that ban life without parole for children triple in five years

The number of states that ban sentences of life in prison without parole for children ages 17 and younger has more than tripled in the last five years, and traditionally conservative states are leading the way, according to Righting Wrongs: The Five-Year Groundswell of State Bans on Life Without Parole for Children,  a report released […]