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 School of Social Policy & Practice at the University of Pennsylvania published this article to highlight the interdisciplinary student group, the Youth Advocacy Project, which YSRP co-founded to raise awareness of the issues confronting court-involved youth, and to support our casework and policy efforts related to youth being charged in the adult criminal legal system. As SP2 student and YAP Board Member Julie Hyman explained in describing why this work is so important, “Imagine you are a parent, and your 16-year-old ends up in adult jail. Often, there’s no one talking to these families or the teenager. There’s no support really…One of the goals is to figure out how to help families and lawyers use resources more effectively for this particularly vulnerable population.” Read the full article here, and more about the Youth Advocacy Project here.