We believe that the current system’s use of large remote juvenile prisons does not make our communities safer or foster the likelihood of lasting rehabilitative change for system involved youth.
We believe the juvenile justice system should prioritize the individual therapeutic treatment needs of youth to reduce the likelihood of future crime and incarceration.
We believe a continuum of evidence-informed community services for youth will improve the lives of children and the safety of all citizens of the Commonwealth.
We believe the juvenile justice system should strive to keep youth at home with their families with appropriate service and supports and youth should only be removed from home as a last resort. When youth are removed, the system should keep them as close to their families and support network as possible.
We believe the juvenile justice system should be transparent and actively engage youth, families, victims, and community supporters in the development of a plan grounded in rehabilitation and restorative justice.
We believe that a transparent system with sustained community engagement, input and oversight will result in a juvenile justice system that reduces disparate treatment of all marginalized youth populations while increasing public safety.