ABOUT YSRP

At YSRP, we improve outcomes of criminal cases and, most important, we improve the outcomes of individual children’s lives.

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. We have two goals:

  1. Help lawyers with low-income clients get their cases transferred from the adult criminal justice system to the juvenile justice system; and
  2. Help connect youth and their families with existing community resources and programs, so they have access to education, healthcare, stable housing and job placement.

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RECENT NEWS

YSRP and Kids in the Adult Criminal Justice System Profiled in Philadelphia Inquirer

The article, Juveniles facing adult court get help from lawyers' program, which appeared on the front page of Philadelphia's newspaper, describes the issue of kids being charged as adults in Pennsylvania, and the work YSRP is doing to address it:  “They're providing help to court-appointed and privately retained counsel and public defenders, with the hope of mitigating sentences. And they're helping young people…

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YSRP on NPR

YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Marsha Levick on WHYY's Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane on Tuesday, August 18 at 10am.  Lauren added YSRP's perspective about kids in the adult criminal justice system to a discussion about juvenile justice reform, and Senator Casey's new proposed legislation, the Prohibiting Detention of Youth Status…

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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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