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The Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice is attempting to build a new youth prison in the city of Chesapeake to replace the recently closed Beaumont Juvenile Correctional Center. Research, practice and data overwhelming demonstrate that juvenile prisons do not rehabilitate youth, do not strengthen family units, and do not create safer communities.

RISE for Youth is reaching out to share the information compiled in the report Beyond Bars and to ask communities to make informed decisions about how Virginia’s juvenile justice system should hold youth accountable.

If prisons are not the answer, then what works? Keeping youth in or close to their support networks and building support networks in a youth’s community, when they do not already exist. The evidence shows that the best way to hold youth accountable and to meet the needs of justice-involved youth is to build community, not prisons. That’s what works!

RISE for Youth asks you to review the information in the report linked above, and then to sign the petition here.

Sign to support true transformation in Virginia’s juvenile justice system. Stop using the antiquated and ineffective prison model!

Sign to support wrapping around communities with evidence-informed youth, family, and community support programs, which promote youth and family success while creating safe and uplifted communities.

Sign to support secure care in community-based small facilities, 24 beds or less, when secure care is needed as a last resort.

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