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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.

Recent News

Trapped in a Vice: The Consequences of Confinement for Young People

Dr. Alexandra Cox's new book, Trapped in a Vice, explores the consequences of a juvenile…

Virginia Budget Proposals Don’t Reflect Community Voices

The House and Senate recently passed their amendments to the Governor’s proposed two-year budget for…

Call your Legislator

Help Stop Youth Prisons in Virginia Virginia’s youth need your help: The Virginia House and…

RISE for Youth Applauds Vote Against Youth Prison

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

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

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