“They Call Us Monsters, Too” – Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow Natasha Felder Reacts To Film

“They Call Us Monsters, Too” – Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow Natasha Felder Reacts to Film

Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow Natasha Felder, currently working with YSRP on her project to enhance the advocacy provided to young women and girls prosecuted in the adult criminal legal system, recently shared her perspective on the new documentary film They Call Us Monsters.
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YSRP Co-Sponsors DA Candidate Forum On Juvenile Justice

YSRP Co-Sponsors DA Candidate Forum on Juvenile Justice

On Tuesday, May 2nd, YSRP co-sponsored a District Attorney candidate forum on juvenile justice at Ben Franklin High School in…

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Op-Ed On DA’s Race & Juvenile Justice Applauds YSRP

Op-Ed on DA’s Race & Juvenile Justice Applauds YSRP

Philadelphia City Councilmembers Helen Gym & Kenyatta Johnson pen an op-ed in the Philadelphia Daily News about the need for Philadelphia's next District Attorney to create a more just juvenile justice system.
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YSRP Co-Authors Article With CLS For National Reentry Week

YSRP Co-Authors Article with CLS for National Reentry Week

As we come to the end of National Reentry Week, we think about our client partners who are regularly faced…

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YSRP, Parent Advocate Kameelah, Justice Lab, DHS, And Councilman Johnson Speak On Panel At Temple Law Called “Advocacy In Action”

YSRP, Parent Advocate Kameelah, Justice Lab, DHS, and Councilman Johnson speak on Panel at Temple Law called “Advocacy in Action”

On April 17, 2017, Justice Lab students Sela Cowger, Kelsey Grimes, and Wesley Stevenson, along with YSRP Co-founder Lauren Fine,…

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Senator Casey Commends YSRP’s Work On Solitary

Senator Casey Commends YSRP’s Work on Solitary

In "It's long past time to end solitary confinement for juvenile offenders," United States Senator Bob Casey urges an end…

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YSRP Co-Sponsors DA Candidate Forum: Juvenile Justice

YSRP Co-Sponsors DA Candidate Forum: Juvenile Justice

YSRP is honored to co-sponsor this event, organized by Councilmember Helen Gym. Young people will ask questions of the District…

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YSRP Co-Sponsors Philadelphia Premiere Of They Call Us Monsters

YSRP Co-Sponsors Philadelphia Premiere of They Call Us Monsters

Join YSRP, the Stoneleigh Foundation, and Juvenile Law Center for the Philadelphia premiere of They Call Us Monsters, a groundbreaking…

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YSRP Is Featured In The Inquirer

YSRP is Featured in The Inquirer

YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine is quoted in the The Inquirer by Samantha Melamed in her April 19, 2017 article entitled "Why Can't Philly Stop Holding Kids in Solitary Confinement?"
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YAP-YSRP-YASP Event At Penn Law School

YAP-YSRP-YASP Event at Penn Law School

On Monday, March 20th, the Youth Advocacy Project at Penn Law School hosted Youth Advocates from YSRP and the Youth Art & Self-Empowerment Project to talk about their experiences.
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Philly Tribune Features YSRP In “Advocates Ask For More Reentry Efforts In Phila.”

Philly Tribune Features YSRP in “Advocates Ask for More Reentry Efforts in Phila.”

The Philadelphia Tribune covered YSRP's April 12 event in Layla Jones' article entitled "Advocates Ask for More Reentry Efforts in Phila."
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YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine Honored By City Council

YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine Honored by City Council

YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine was honored, with fellow advocates, by Councilman Kenyatta Johnson as 2017 "Women on the Move" at a ceremony and luncheon at Philadelphia's City Hall.
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YSRP Convenes Local And National Leaders To Rethink Reentry

YSRP Convenes Local and National Leaders to Rethink Reentry

On Wednesday, April 12th 2017, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) convened a timely and important discussion on the “State of Criminal Justice & Reentry in Philadelphia: Opportunities for Innovation and Reform” at the law offices of Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLP.
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Natasha Felders’s Work Highlighted By Op-Ed

Natasha Felders’s Work Highlighted by Op-Ed

In an op-ed written for the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE), Stoneleigh Foundation Senior Program Officer Marie N. Williams writes about the need for a more gender-responsive juvenile justice system ("Start Small: the Key to a More Gender-Responsive Juvenile Justice System").
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YSRP At CCP’s 2017 Law And Society Week

YSRP at CCP’s 2017 Law and Society Week

YSRP Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian, and Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow Natasha Felder presented at Community College of Philadelphia (CCP)'s 2017 Law and Society Week.
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YSRP Is Quoted In Philadelphia Citizen

YSRP is Quoted in Philadelphia Citizen

On March 30, 2017, the Philadelphia Citizen published "We're Number One! Philly leads the nation in a dubious category: juvenile life without parole. Does it need to be this way?" Author David Love interviewed several of YSRP's partners and colleagues, and Co-Director Lauren Fine.
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YSRP Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian Is Honored With Alan Lerner Rising Star Award

YSRP Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian is Honored with Alan Lerner Rising Star Award

YSRP Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian Receives the Alan Lerner Rising Star Award on March 23, 2017.
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YSRP Is Featured On NBC Nightly News

YSRP is Featured on NBC Nightly News

YSRP is featured on NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt on March 5, 2017 shining a national spotlight on Philadelphia's harmful practice of charging parents for the cost of their kids' incarceration in juvenile detention.
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YSRP Is Featured In The Marshall Project

YSRP is Featured in The Marshall Project

YSRP and the Justice Lab’s work is featured in the The Marshall Project by Eli Hager in his March 3, 2017 article entitled “Philadelphia Will Stop Billing Parents When Their Children are Incarcerated”
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Major Achievement In Philadelphia As DHS Ends Practice Of Charging Parents For Kids’ Incarceration

Major Achievement in Philadelphia as DHS Ends Practice of Charging Parents for Kids’ Incarceration

Since 2016, YSRP and the Justice Lab at Temple Law School have been working to end the practice of charging parents for the cost of their child's incarceration. On March 3, DHS announced an end to the practice.
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YSRP Is Featured In The Inquirer

YSRP is Featured in The Inquirer

YSRP and the Justice Lab’s work is featured in the The Inquirer by Samantha Melamed in her March 3, 2017 article entitled "Under Fire, Philly Stops Suing Parents of Incarcerated Kids for Child Support"
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City Council Hearing On March 3 At 1:00pm

City Council Hearing on March 3 at 1:00pm

Join YSRP on Friday, March 3rd at 1:00pm in Council Chambers, room 400, for a public hearing on DHS' practice of charging parents for their child's incarceration.
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YSRP And Temple’s Justice Lab Work Featured In Washington Post: “Your Child’s Been Sent To Jail. And Then Comes The Bill.”

YSRP and Temple’s Justice Lab Work Featured in Washington Post: “Your Child’s Been Sent to Jail. And Then Comes the Bill.”

YSRP and the Justice Lab's work is featured in the Washington Post by Eli Hager in his March 2, 2017 article entitled "Your Child's Been Sent to Jail. And Then Comes the Bill."
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YSRP Works With Penn Law & Social Work/Policy Students To Support Youth Facing Prison Time

YSRP works with Penn Law & Social Work/Policy Students to Support Youth Facing Prison Time

The Youth Advocacy Project, co-founded by University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice and Law School, raises awareness of issues confronting court-involved youth, and supports casework and policy efforts related to youth being charged in the adult criminal legal system.
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YSRP Is Finalist For Human Rights Innovator Award, Featured In Social Innovations Journal

YSRP is Finalist for Human Rights Innovator Award, Featured in Social Innovations Journal

YSRP is featured in the Social Innovations Journal's 31st issue, and wins second place award for Human Rights Innovators at awards ceremony.
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Norman Bryant Is Resentenced After 32 Years In Prison

Norman Bryant is Resentenced after 32 Years in Prison

The Philadelphia Inquirer profiled Norman Bryant, a juvenile lifer who was resentenced on Thursday, January 5, 2017, after 32 years in prison.
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YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine On Social Entrepreneur Podcast

YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine on Social Entrepreneur Podcast

Social Entrepreneur Podcast’s Tony Lloyd interviewed YSRP’s Co-Director Lauren Fine about YSRP’s work. Click to listen to the full 27-minute episode in which Lauren discusses YSRP's mission and innovative model.
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In Our First Years: 2014-2016

In Our First Years: 2014-2016

YSRP's first-ever annual report provides a comprehensive overview of our case advocacy model, training, reentry support and policy advocacy work.
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Co-Directors Author Article With JLC’s Marsha Levick On Prosecuting Children As Adults

Co-Directors Author Article with JLC’s Marsha Levick on Prosecuting Children as Adults

YSRP Co-Directors Lauren Fine and Joanna Visser Adjoian co-authored an article entitled "Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Kent v. United…

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John’s* Story

John’s* Story

For John,* a youth client of YSRP, violence and tragedy permeated his childhood. At just 10 years old, John’s father was murdered at the hands of a Philadelphia Police Officer, turning his life upside down.
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Eddie’s Story

Eddie’s Story

At 17 years old, Eddie was homeless and owed money to a drug dealer, but was told he could work…

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Spotlight On Natasha Felder: YSRP Stoneleigh Fellow

Spotlight on Natasha Felder: YSRP Stoneleigh Fellow

The Villanova Law Institute to Address Commercial Sexual Exploitation (CSE) honored current YSRP Stoneleigh Foundation Emerging Leader Fellow Natasha Felder…

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YSRP And Temple’s Justice Lab Work Featured On Front Page Of The Inquirer: “Philly Locks Up Kids For Truancy, Fighting – Then Goes After Parents For Child Support”

YSRP and Temple’s Justice Lab Work Featured on Front Page of the Inquirer: “Philly Locks Up Kids for Truancy, Fighting – Then Goes After Parents for Child Support”

YSRP and the Justice Lab at Temple University are featured in The Inquirer by Samantha Melamed in her November 21, 2016 article entitled "Philly Locks Up Kids for Truancy, Fighting - Then Goes After Parents for Child Support"
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Join YSRP For Happy Hour On Giving Tuesday, November 29

Join YSRP for Happy Hour on Giving Tuesday, November 29

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Reentry Panel With Former Juvenile Lifers

Reentry Panel with Former Juvenile Lifers

On November 7, 2016, YSRP was honored to host a training for our JLWOP mitigation volunteers on reentry planning for…

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YSRP Creates & Co-Chairs Citywide JLWOP Working Group

YSRP Creates & Co-Chairs Citywide JLWOP Working Group

In partnership with the Mayor's Office, YSRP created a new Working Group to address the reentry needs of the more…

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Youth Advocacy Project  Kicks Off Second Year

Youth Advocacy Project Kicks Off Second Year

The Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) at the University of Pennsylvania, a pro bono partnership between Penn Law School and the Penn School of Social…

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Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Mitigation Project Kicks Off At Drexel Law

Juvenile Life Without Parole (JLWOP) Mitigation Project Kicks Off at Drexel Law

On Friday, September 23, 2016, YSRP and our partners at the Atlantic Center for Capital Representation (ACCR) trained students from Drexel,…

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YSRP Co-Sponsored Event On Solitary Confinement Of Youth

YSRP Co-Sponsored Event on Solitary Confinement of Youth

Congratulations to the Penn Law Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) for hosting a powerful discussion on October 12, 2016 on the horrifying…

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Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian Honored With Penn Law Alumni Award

Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian Honored with Penn Law Alumni Award

Joanna Visser Adjoian C’04, L’10, co-founder and Co-Director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project is being honored by the…

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YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine On WHYY’s Radio Times

YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine on WHYY’s Radio Times

On Thursday, September 29, 2016, WHYY's Radio Times looked at the impact of the Supreme Court's ruling in Montgomery v. Louisiana for…

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YSRP Co-Directors Quoted In The Erie Times On Youth Detained As Adults

YSRP Co-Directors Quoted in the Erie Times on Youth Detained as Adults

The Erie Times recently published a piece about youth being held in their local jail -- of the approximately 700…

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Co-Director Lauren Fine Speaks At Bala Cynwyd Library

Co-Director Lauren Fine Speaks at Bala Cynwyd Library

On Monday, September 26, YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine will give a public talk at the Bala Cynwyd Library. Fine will…

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Breakfast Discussion With Malawian Magistrate

Breakfast Discussion with Malawian Magistrate

Join YSRP and the Philadelphia Bar Association for Breakfast and Conversation with our Mandela Washington Fellow, Chikondi Mandala From Death…

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UpStart With YSRP: More Than A Sentence

UpStart with YSRP: More Than a Sentence

UpStart, Echoing Green (EG)'s morning talk series features short, inspiring presentations of EG Fellows' work and Q&A led by a guest…

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YSRP Co-Directors Author Article On JLWOP

YSRP Co-Directors Author Article on JLWOP

Making Montgomery Meaningful for Juvenile Lifers YSRP Co-Directors Lauren Fine and Joanna Visser Adjoian authored an article in the Legal Intelligencer…

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YSRP In The Inquirer On Solitary Confinement For Children

YSRP in The Inquirer on Solitary Confinement for Children

The Philadelphia Inquirer published in-depth reporting on the practice of solitary confinement of youth in adult jails in Philadelphia in an August 15, 2016 article. YSRP Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian calls attention to this harmful practice in the article.
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Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian On Penn Law Podcast

Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian on Penn Law Podcast

Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian speaks with Arlene Rivera Finkelstein of the Toll Public Interest Center at Penn Law about YSRP's…

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Co-Director Lauren Fine Named Top 40 Lawyer By The American Bar Association

Co-Director Lauren Fine named Top 40 Lawyer by the American Bar Association

The American Bar Association annually honors young lawyers through its "On the Rise -Top 40 Lawyers" designation. YSRP Co-Director Lauren…

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Why Philly Is Holding Kids On $500,000 Bail

Why Philly is holding kids on $500,000 bail

The Philadelphia Inquirer highlighted the issue of excessively high bail for youth charged as adults, and profiled the experience of…

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Co-Director Lauren Fine Featured In Who’s Next, “18 Young People Changing The Legal Community In Philly.”

Co-Director Lauren Fine Featured in Who’s Next, “18 young people changing the legal community in Philly.”

Who's Next is a Billy Penn feature presented by the Knight Foundation that works to highlight some of the city’s…

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Young Friends Happy Hour – July 21, 2016

Young Friends Happy Hour – July 21, 2016

Join the YSRP Young Friends us at a happy hour to celebrate and learn more about the work of YSRP! Guests…

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Mitigation And Reentry Planning In Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings

Mitigation and Reentry Planning in Juvenile Life Without Parole Resentencings

Date: Tuesday, July 19, 2016Time: 12:00 PMLocation: Philadelphia Bar Association 11th Floor Conference Center 1101 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 191073…

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After Decades Behind Bars, Juvenile Lifers Are Released – But To What?

After decades behind bars, juvenile lifers are released – but to what?

YSRP is featured in The Inquirer by Samantha Melamed in her July 11, 2016 article entitled "After Decades Behind Bars, Juvenile Lifers are Released - but to What?"
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Film Screening of THE RETURN, Thursday, May 12, 2016

Join the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project, Philadelphia City Council and Council President Darrell L. Clarke, City of Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania…

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YSRP Featured By The Barra Foundation

YSRP Featured by the Barra Foundation

In "Better outcomes for kids facing time in adult prisons; Redirecting the future for kids facing adult prison sentences," the Barra…

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No Child is Born Bad – Event at Penn Law, April 13 at 12pm

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Additional Philly Training For Juvenile Homicide Sentencing – Post-Montgomery

Additional Philly Training for Juvenile Homicide Sentencing – Post-Montgomery

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Why YSRP Exists

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United States Supreme Court Declares Miller V. Alabama Retroactive

United States Supreme Court Declares Miller v. Alabama Retroactive

In the case of Montgomery v. Louisiana, the United States Supreme Court declared that Miller v. Alabama applies retroactively. This means…

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YSRP Honored For Innovation

YSRP Honored for Innovation

The Philadelphia Social Innovations Lab (PSIL) Announces YSRP as 2015's MOST INNOVATIVE SOLUTION to Combat Regional Poverty On December 1st in Philadelphia, the…

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YSRP Spotlighted By The National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)

YSRP Spotlighted by the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)

YSRP was featured in the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)'s newsletter.  The article describes how YSRP works on getting youth…

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Philly Training for Juvenile Homicide Sentencing

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YSRP And Kids In The Adult Criminal Justice System Profiled In Philadelphia Inquirer

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…

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YSRP on WHYY’s Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane

YSRP Co-Director Lauren Fine joined Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) and Juvenile Law Center Deputy Director and Chief Counsel Marsha Levick on…

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YSRP Co-Hosts Film Screening of 15 to Life on July 27, 2015

Join YSRP and the Pennsylvania Coalition for the Fair Sentencing of Youth (PACFSY) for a (free) film viewing of 15…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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YSRP scheduled to speak at Delaware County Bar Association

SAVE THE DATE: YSRP cofounders Joanna Adjoian, Esquire and Lauren Fine, Esquire will be guest speakers at the Delaware County…

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YSRP Quoted In Philadelphia Inquirer

YSRP quoted in Philadelphia Inquirer

YSRP was quoted in the Philadelphia Inquirer in reaction to the case of Zaria Estes, who was sentenced at age 16 to…

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YSRP co-founder Lauren Fine featured in Duke Law News

YSRP and co-founder Lauren Fine were recently profiled by her alma matter, Duke Law School. During her time at Duke, Fine worked…

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Solitary confinement for children is torture

“Between June 18 and August 4, Abu Zubaydah spent 47 days in isolation, part of a CIA plan to break…

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Lauren Fine co-authors important research

Lauren Fine, Co-Director of YSRP, recently co-authored significant reports highlighting the importance of criminal records expungement for court-involved youth. Click on…

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Losing the right to vote before even getting it

“Some young people who are 18 or older [didn't] have the opportunity to vote on Tuesday. Some youth will never…

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YSRP recognizes the work of The Fortune Society

YSRP applauds the Fortune Society, which has sued a private (giant) landlord over its blanket refusal to rent apartments to…

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YSRP Featured In Nonprofit Quarterly

YSRP featured in Nonprofit Quarterly

According to the Equal Justice Initiative, nearly 10,000 children across the country have been sentenced as adults and are serving…

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YSRP featured in The Legal Intelligencer

The Legal Intelligencer is America's oldest daily law journal.  It is the most trusted source of Pennsylvania legal news, information…

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Philly education budget cuts – Leaves only 40 cents per student

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project highlights an article in the Washington Post that underscores the importance of investing in education…

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YSRP launches in NYC!

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project spread the word about its mission to improve outcomes for young people charged in the adult…

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Purchase RIOT Alliance Jewelry: 25% Benefits YSRP!

Purchase RIOT Alliance jewelry: 25% benefits YSRP!

Today's Donor of the Day is Riot Alliance. Riot Alliance is a jewelry line founded by Sara Schwartz, a social…

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YSRP wins 1st place at Philly Stake 2014

On September 21, 2014, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project won the top prize at Philly Stake! Philly Stake is…

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YSRP presents at the BlackStar Film Festival

Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project Co-Director Joanna Visser Adjoian moderated a Q&A with Darius Clark Monroe following the Philadelphia premiere…

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YSRP has officially launched in Philadelphia!

On July 31st, YSRP hosted over 100 guests to kick off the official start of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry…

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