At YSRP, we focus on more than the outcome of a criminal case; we focus on the outcome of the individual child.

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive support to kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system before, during, and after incarceration. YSRP uses storytelling, or mitigation, to help lawyers with low-income clients get their cases transferred back to the juvenile justice system and also helps connect kids with existing community resources and programs that provide education, healthcare, stable housing and job placement.

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YSRP Co-Hosting Film Screening of 15 to Life – July 27, 2015

Join YSRP and the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (PACFSY) for a (free) film viewing of 15 to Life on July 27 at 7pm at the Friends Center (1501 Cherry Street). Please also RSVP to info@ysrp.org so we can be sure to have enough food and drinks for everyone. 15 to Life chronicles the life of Kenneth…

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YSRP Selected for Fall 2015 Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab Cohort

YSRP Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian addressed a crowd of Philadelphia nonprofit professionals, AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers and staff, and community advocates at the National Constitution Center during the AmeriCorps VISTA 50th Anniversary National Solutions Summit. At the Summit, YSRP was selected to participate in the 2015 Fall Social Innovations Lab Cohort. The Cohort is convened by the Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab…

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YSRP Quoted in Fordham Urban Law Journal

YSRP co-founder Lauren Fine was quoted in City Square by the Fordham Urban Law Journal in the article, "Are states rethinking how they charge juvenile defendants?"  The article describes how the process of charging a child in the adult criminal justice system can lead to dangerous situations for young people, and specifically quotes Fine in explaining that in states like…

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Children in Adult Prison: What a New Nonprofit is Doing to Humanize our Justice System

According to the Campaign for Youth Justice, approximately 250,000 youth are tried, sentenced, or incarcerated in the adult criminal justice system each year. As a result of the collateral consequences of these adult convictions, children sentenced in the adult system have diminished access to economic opportunity and limited resources dedicated to successful reintegration to the community. Based out of Philadelphia, the Youth Sentencing &…

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