Louisiana Youth Justice Campaign 2016
We believe in a juvenile justice system that is safe, smart, cost-effective, and fair – a system that uses community supports to help children grow and thrive; prepares them for a future of real opportunity; and holds them accountable in age-appropriate settings.
Our priority issues for 2016 are detailed below. For a quick overview of our campaign agenda, you can download our 2016 legislative fact-sheet.
Schools in our juvenile justice facilities are failing. We can do better by passing legislation that insists on quality and accountability.
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.