Valerie Slater for the ACLU: It’s time to heal the hurting and build healthy communities for all youth and families in Virginia

In her recent column for the ACLU Virginia, RISE for Youth Executive Director Valerie Slater, Esq. outlines the importance of support for HB 274 in an effort to heal the hurting and build healthy communities for all youth and families in Virginia:

Speaking plainly, our prisons in Virginia are disproportionately filled with Black, brown and poor men, women and youth. So, with such a horrific record of discrimination, it is distressing to know that half of the ways our youth end up being prosecuted as adults is at the direct discretion of those who have continued to contribute to their disparate treatment.

Read Valerie’s piece for the ACLU, Virginia

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