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Below are stories of some of our youth and Juvenile Lifer client-partners who faced charges in the adult criminal justice system when they were under 18 years old. Together, we are fighting back against the cruel and inhumane ways our justice system treats children in Philadelphia.


Yami talks about her incarceration, at 17 years old, as the only teenage girl held in functional solitary confinement at the adult jail for women in Philadelphia. Today, she is on track to graduate from high school in June 2018. Video by Jason Slomovitz.

Stacey, Charles, Sharif, Giovanni and Danny are all men who were sentenced, as children, to life in prison without parole. Today, they are home after decades behind the wall. Here they talk about their experience and their work with YSRP. Video by Jason Slomovitz.

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