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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.

New Report “Beyond Bars” released. Read it, share it, and demand that your lawmakers act on it!

Recent News

Support true transformation in Virginia’s juvenile justice system

The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice is attempting to build a new youth prison in…

RISE For Youth Applauds Vote Against Youth Prison

RISE for Youth Applauds Vote Against Youth Prison

RISE for Youth Coordinator Valerie Slater released the following statement after the Chesapeake Planning Commission…

RISE for Youth Coordinator Valerie Slater Wins Fellowship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Rachael Deane Legal Director, JustChildren Program, Legal Aid Justice Center 804-521-7304…

The Proposed Youth Prison in Chesapeake is the Wrong Approach

Chesapeake, Va. – In response to the Department of Juvenile Justice’s recommendation to build a…

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