DC Lawyers for Youth and the Campaign for Youth Justice began the Judge Our Youth Campaign in May 2014, with the goal of decreasing the use of adult incarceration against DC youth. We named it the Judge Our Youth Campaign because we believe that judges should have a role in evaluating not only the facts of the alleged case, but also the facts of the youth to decide whether a young person would be better served through rehabilitative services in the juvenile justice system. Having an impartial judge play a role in this decision restores balance to the youth justice system here in DC.
To support these reforms, the youth below were willing to share their stories about being children in DC's adult criminal justice system.
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