Our Juvenile Justice System Should Be Safe, Smart, Cost-Effective, and Fair

2016 Legislative Campaign

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Raise the Age Louisiana

Louisiana is one of only nine states that still exclude 17-year-olds from the juvenile justice system for all offenses – even for the most minor, nonviolent misdemeanors.

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Teen at School

2016 Legislative Successes

In 2016, the Louisiana Youth Justice Coalition successfully advocated for a legislative agenda that works to make the juvenile justice system safe, smart, cost-effective, and fair.

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Who We Are

The Louisiana Youth Justice Coalition is a network of organizations and individuals who support common-sense juvenile justice reform that will curb crime, use taxpayer resources responsibly, and get better outcomes for children. We believe that:

Juvenile Justice should be SAFE

Our juvenile justice system should curb crime and keep our neighborhoods safe.

Juvenile Justice should be SMART

Our state can’t be prosperous unless we ensure that our most vulnerable young people are educated and ready for the workforce.

Juvenile Justice should be COST-EFFECTIVE

Louisiana must spend taxpayer funds responsibly. We should use the right tools that will really help young people behave in positive ways – and we shouldn’t waste money on interventions that just don’t work.

Juvenile Justice should be FAIR

We want a juvenile justice system that is fair to young people and their families – a system that holds kids accountable while embodying our deepest values about how all people should be treated.