The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) is a Philadelphia based nonprofit organization dedicated to improving outcomes for youth in the adult criminal justice system. YSRP provides training and support to attorneys at sentencing, and empowers youth and their families throughout incarceration and upon release from prison. Our unique approach considers reentry into the community before sentencing even occurs. Through this work, YSRP will transform individual life paths and catalyze widespread change for the Philadelphia community and justice system.
Lauren Fine, co-director of YSRP, recently co-authored significant reports highlighting the importance of criminal records expungement for court-involved youth. Click on the links below for the full PDFs. JUVENILE RECORDS: A National Review of State Laws on Confidentiality, Sealing and Expungement FAILED POLICIES, FORFEITED FUTURES: A Nationwide Scorecard on Juvenile RecordsRead More →
“Some young people who are 18 or older [didn't] have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday. Some youth will never have the opportunity to cast a ballot. These youth have lost the right to vote even before they were granted it. Who are these young people? They are among the estimated 250,000 youth under 18 who are prosecuted in adult…Read More →
YSRP applauds the Fortune Society, which has sued a private (giant) landlord over its blanket refusal to rent apartments to people with a criminal record: the policy automatically excludes people with records, regardless of the nature of the conviction, the amount of time that has lapsed since the conviction, evidence of rehabilitation, or any other factor related to whether a…Read More →
According to the Equal Justice Initiative, nearly 10,000 children across the country have been sentenced as adults and are serving time in adult prisons. Pennsylvania, which has the highest number of incarcerated children serving life sentences and no minimum age to try a child as an adult, is now also home to the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), a…Read More →