Justice for Kids

CfJJ, in partnership with the statewide Juvenile Justice Reform Coalition, advocates for comprehensive juvenile justice reforms to promote transparency, best practices, and better outcomes for children and communities.  

On April 2018, Governor Baker signed criminal justice legislation with major wins for youth justice reforms (read more here).  These reforms aim to:

  • Prevent young people's entry into the justice system

  • Ensure that justice system interventions for young people in the system contribute to rather than hinder their positive youth development

  • Improve the transparency and accountability of the juvenile justice system

With these successes, we will continue to advocate for reforms that are not addressed by the new law:

  • Advocate for transparency and accountability of justice system agencies to address the pervasive racial and ethnic disparities in our system;

  • Eliminate the limitation on the newly created expungement statute so that individuals with more than one court case on their record can expunge their records;

  • Raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to include 18-, 19- and 20-year-olds in a more developmentally appropriate justice system;

  • Decriminalize consensual sexual activity between adolescents, by creating an exception to the statutory rape law for youth close in age;

  • and other issues identified by youth justice advocates.

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