JOY Statement of Principles

Incarcerating youth under age 18 in adult facilities places them at higher risk of suicide and victimization, limits their educational and work opportunities, and makes them more likely to commit future crimes.  Despite these facts, the District of Columbia continues to incarcerate youth in the adult criminal justice system.  During 2012, DC youth spent 10,016 days in adult jail – the equivalent of over 27 years.

I support policies that would keep more children out of the adult criminal justice system.  Policymakers should:

  1. Prohibit the holding of youth in adult facilities while they are awaiting trial.

  2. Give youth charged as adults a chance to convince a judge that they should be transferred back to the juvenile system.

  3. End “once an adult always an adult,” which can result in youth being charged as adults for minor offenses.

These sensible reforms would enhance public safety, ensure that fewer youth are exposed to the harmful environment in adult jail, and grant more youth access to quality educational and positive youth development programs.

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  • @MaryellenLICSW tweeted link to this page. 2016-09-30 19:38:35 -0400
    I just signed on to remove kids from adult jail in DC. Sign here to lend your support. http://www.dcly.org/joy_principles?recruiter_id=15630
  • signed 2016-09-30 19:38:23 -0400
    Arresting youth for status offenses and charging the as adults contributes to the school/abuse to prison pipeline
  • signed 2016-05-16 19:10:50 -0400
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2015-07-22 11:35:22 -0400
    I just signed on to remove kids from adult jail in DC. Sign here to lend your support.
  • signed 2015-07-22 11:34:04 -0400
    I am a Behavioral Scientist and have devoted my career to the development and support of youths who have been incarcerated, labeled as at-risk, and delinquent in our society for over 40 years.
  • signed 2015-07-01 09:05:50 -0400
    Smart for kids. Smart for public safety. Why wouldn’t we do this?
  • signed 2015-06-12 10:34:08 -0400
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  • @BRCEvans tweeted link to this page. 2015-06-02 11:02:43 -0400
    I just signed on to remove kids from adult jail in DC. Sign here to lend your support. http://www.dcly.org/joy_principles?recruiter_id=14151
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  • @NilsFranco tweeted link to this page. 2015-03-17 18:09:50 -0400
    I just signed on to remove kids from adult jail in DC. Sign here to lend your support. http://www.dcly.org/joy_principles?recruiter_id=13490
  • signed 2015-03-17 18:09:30 -0400
  • signed 2015-03-12 10:27:36 -0400
    Human rights belong to all human
  • signed 2014-12-29 15:30:16 -0500
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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-12-02 00:32:52 -0500
    I just signed on to remove kids from adult jail in DC. Sign here to lend your support.
  • signed 2014-12-02 00:32:28 -0500
  • @Eusebiopecurto tweeted link to this page. 2014-11-21 12:16:04 -0500
    I just signed on to remove kids from adult jail in DC. Sign here to lend your support. http://www.dcly.org/joy_principles?recruiter_id=6069
  • signed 2014-11-18 01:26:59 -0500
  • signed 2014-11-10 18:23:12 -0500
    If we are to turn delinquent youth around, they should be in an environment where they have access to rehabilitative programs, not where they are likely to be brutalized (by the way, adults should also have access to rehabilitation, too, and should not be brutalized, either). If it has been established that treating youth as adults results in a higher likelihood of recidivism, why would we do that? It makes no sense. Do the right thing.
  • signed 2014-11-03 12:12:58 -0500
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