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.
In “Better outcomes for kids facing time in adult prisons; Redirecting the future for kids facing adult prison sentences,” the Barra Foundation profiles YSRP’s work.
“Imagine spending your life in prison for a dreadful mistake you made at the most reckless time of your life—when you were a teenager, maybe even younger. Imagine having no opportunity to explain that mistake in the context of a traumatic childhood. For hundreds of youth in Pennsylvania each year– most of them from Philadelphia, most of them African American – it’s a reality. In Pennsylvania, kids can be considered an adult in the eyes of the law long before they’re old enough to get a tattoo, drive or vote for the district attorney who’s prosecuting them.” READ MORE.