Our Juvenile Justice System Should Be Safe, Smart, Cost-Effective, and Fair
2016 Legislative Campaign
98% of the indigent children in Louisiana's juvenile prisons have never been visited by a public defender. That's not just illegal and unconstitutional – it's also bad for public safety and an extraordinary waste of public money.
Schools in our juvenile justice facilities are failing. We can do better by passing legislation that insists on quality and accountability.
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.