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

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Legislative Campaigns: Past and Present


Juvenile Life Without Parole

Louisiana sentences more children to death in prison, per capita, than any other state. It's time we allow children serving life sentences an opportunity for parole.

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Photo courtesy of Sarah E. Hunt

Raise the Age Louisiana

In 2016, the legislature overwhelmingly approved a bill to include 17-year-olds in the juvenile justice system - bringing Louisiana into line with the vast majority of states.

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LPA Rally - 2Young4Life

2017 Legislative Efforts

In 2017, we introduced legislation to protect children in the juvenile justice system, and those hoping to put it behind them, to mixed results.

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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.