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.
The Youth Advocacy Project (YAP) at the University of Pennsylvania, a pro bono partnership between Penn Law School and the Penn School of Social Policy & Practice (SP2), kicked off its second year in September. YSRP is thrilled to see this program grow. We began this year with a training at Penn Law School of over 35 graduate students selected through an application process, to bolster the work of YSRP in three key ways:
- Working on behalf of individual clients: by drafting reports for the court and making referrals to community-based organizations
- Research projects: by gathering case law and other legal support for advocacy positions and policy work
- Community education: by spreading the word about kids in adult court and how to prevent youth from coming in contact with the system; and supporting those who have already had contact with the system