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RISE for Youth is a nonpartisan campaign committed to dismantling the youth prison model by promoting the creation of community-based alternatives to youth incarceration.  Our work centers the voices of impacted youth and communities and challenges racial injustice in Virginia.

Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys urge state officials to stop as many new admissions as possible, remove youth posing no threat to safety from prisons to reduce risk of infection and community spread

Today, April 15, 2020, many Virginia Commonwealth’s Attorneys address an open letter to Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security, Brian Moran, calling for the safe release of incarcerated youth who pose no safety risk to the community and a halt to as many new admissions as possible at youth detention centers and youth prisons.

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