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Help Stop Youth Prisons in Virginia

Our state representatives recently heard a proposal from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) asking for authorization to construct a 60-bed youth prison in the Hampton Roads region and the allocation of funds for the design and future construction of a 96-bed facility on the 100-year-old Bon Air prison campus.

Take three steps to tell Virginia lawmakers you oppose youth prisons before it’s too late.

  1. Find your lawmakers phone number
  2. Urge them to keep funds for new youth prisons out of the upcoming budget. Suggested phone script below
  3. Share this link with your network to support Virginia’s children

Hello,

My name is __first and last___, and I live in [City/Town]. I saw that the legislature is budgeting for new youth prisons and I think that’s the wrong approach for Virginia.

Building new youth prisons would threaten to undo the progress we’ve made so far. I’m against youth prisons and so are members of my community. They are an irresponsible waste of taxpayer dollars, especially when we know they don’t work. That’s why the legislature should instead invest in community-based alternatives to incarceration that emphasize smaller, therapeutic options are a better approach.

I urge Delegate/Senator __last name__to keep funds for new youth prisons out of the upcoming budget and make sure that the money from closing Beaumont goes to community programs that will help kids.

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