The Pennsylvania House Judiciary Committee voted to advance HB 1381 today, which YSRP hopes will usher in a more humane era of support and care for youth involved in the criminal legal system.
On November 22, 2022, PBS Newshour aired a segment spotlighting Pennsylvania’s use of “direct file,” or the practice of automatically charging children as if they were adults for certain types of offenses, and the movement to end it. YSRP is a proud partner in the movement to end direct file through our leadership in the Care, Not Control campaign. This story features our close partners and allies Andre Simms & David Harrington of The Youth Art & Self-empowerment Project (YASP), and Malik Pickett of Juvenile Law Center, who frame the issue clearly: direct file is racist, it’s harmful and it needs to end, full stop. Click above to watch the segment, and click here to read a transcript of the story.