A Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform

 “For these are all our children.
We will all profit by, or pay for, whatever they become.

– James Baldwin, Writer

The Blueprint for Youth Justice Reform is a call to action to funders, policymakers, community leaders, system stakeholders, advocates, youth and families. We seek your bold leadership, your commitment and your voices as we work in partnership for youth justice reform. 

Together, we can transform the way we respond to young people up to age 25 who are involved in or at risk of becoming involved with our nation’s juvenile and criminal justice systems.


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10 Tenets to Reduce Justice Involvement and Improve Outcomes for Youth

  1. Divert Youth from the Justice System
  2. Eliminate Racial and Ethnic Disparities
  3. Engage Youth, Families and Communities
  4. Improve Cross-System Collaboration
  5. Ensure Access to Quality Legal Counsel
  6. Keep Youth Out of Adult Courts, Jails and Prisons
  7. Create a Range of Effective Community-Based Supports
  8. Recognize and Serve Subpopulations of Youth
  9. End the Use of Detention and Confinement
  10. Improve Aftercare and Reentry

ADVANCING JUSTICE REFORM: The Role of Philanthropy


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YTFG’s Well-Being Framework


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Dedicated to Diana Aubourg Millner, The Stoneleigh Foundation, Past YJWG Co-Chair
Written by Michelle Weemhoff, M.S.W.
Lead Consultant, Youth Justice Work Group
Barbara Langford, Executive Director
Diane Sierpina, The Tow Foundation, YJWG Co-Chair
Luisa Taveras, Open Society Foundations, YJWG Co-Chair
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