About Rise For Youth

RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan campaign in support of community alternatives to youth incarceration.

Our Goals:

Increase the likelihood that youth will become law-abiding adults by investing in community- based alternatives to juvenile justice system involvement.

Reduce the number of youth arrested, referred, under the supervision of the Department of Juvenile Justice or committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Close Virginia’s juvenile prisons and re-invest savings from their closure into evidence-informed, community-based alternatives that will keep youth at home with their families and communities and keep communities safer.

Build a true continuum of evidence-informed placements for youth that cannot safely remain in their homes.

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Recent News

RISE for Youth Statement on Gov. McAuliffe's FY2017 Savings Plan

RISE for Youth is pleased that Governor McAuliffe, in his Fiscal Year 2017 Savings Plan…

RISE for Youth Statement On DJJ Task Force Interim Report

The DJJ Task Force on Juvenile Correctional Centers recently released its interim report on future…

CBS 19: Report Looks At Ways to Change Juvenile Justice System in Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (NEWSPLEX) -- A new report outlines steps the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice…

WRIC 8: Kerri O'Brien: Incarcerating kids: New report urges state to think smaller

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — As Virginia reconsiders how it incarcerates kids, a new report reveals…