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Have you, or has someone close to you, ever been incarcerated in the DC Jail? Do you know of a youth who has faced adult criminal charges and/or been incarcerated in the DC jail while awaiting trial? Do you work with youth in adult or juvenile justice facilities? The Judge Our Youth Campaign wants to hear from you!

The JOY Campaign believes that DC is ready for change and that its time we decreased the use of adult incarceration against DC youth and promote public safety and positive youth development. We want to create a justice system that is more fair, humane, and effective than the one we have today. 

The JOY Campaign believes that the voices of those impacted by the system are fundamental to bringing change. Your unique experience can change the way youth charged as adults are treated in DC. Together we can raise awareness around this important issue.


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