Youth PROMISE Act

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Let’s Talk About The Way We Discipline Kids

Let’s Talk About The Way We Discipline Kids

By Alex Berger, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 4:02pm
A couple years ago, a high school student in Philadelphia named Kevin was caught with a small pair of scissors in his backpack while going through the school's metal detector. He had forgotten to remove it after wrapping Christmas presents at his girlfriend's house the night before. Kevin was arrested, suspended, and transferred to a disciplinary school.
Interrupting the Violence

Interrupting the Violence

By Dan Zeidman, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 12:00pm

Across the country, states are working to reform their juvenile justice systems in order to emphasize youth rehabilitation and violence prevention.  Just this past Thursday, the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform for Georgians – which…

How One Philly School Stopped Violence in Its Tracks

How One Philly School Stopped Violence in Its Tracks

By Alex Berger, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 11:05am

I recently read an article in The Atlantic by Jeff Deeney about a school in Philadelphia that took an innovative approach to reduce youth violence in one of the most desperately poor areas of the city. Instead of relying on a hefty police presence…

A PROMISE to End Youth Gun Violence

A PROMISE to End Youth Gun Violence

By Alex Berger, Legislative Assistant, ACLU at 11:19am

Open today’s newspaper, and I bet that you’ll find at least one story about gun violence. From Newtown to Chicago to Aurora, this last year has put a spotlight on the need to address this violence in a way that creates lasting change.

So…

Two Men Named Wes and the Challenge to Fix the Juvenile Justice System

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 2:53pm

New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof used his space in Sunday's paper to highlight a new book called The Other Wes Moore, which tells the story of two young men from the decaying, inner-city streets of Baltimore named Wes Moore. One went on to…

Getting the Scoop on Youth PROMISE on Capitol Hill

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 8:59pm

On Thursday, the ACLU, in conjunction with the Peace Alliance, the Student Peace Alliance, the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, GlobalGrind.com and Ben & Jerry’s, held an event on Capitol Hill to press the case for congressional passage of the…

A Good Day for Juvenile Justice Reform in Congress

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:44pm

Earlier this morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to reauthorize the key federal juvenile justice law – the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA). This landmark law has provided states and localities across the country…

Youth PROMISE Act: Recognition That it Takes a Village to Raise a Child

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 4:59pm

(Originally posted on The Hill's Congress Blog.)

We know how to stop the violence.

And the full name of the solution says it all: the Youth Prison Reduction through Opportunities, Mentoring, Intervention, Support and Education Act, otherwise known as the Youth PROMISE Act.

This legislation breaks the cycle of violence by getting at its root causes. It will help to curb youth violence and gang activity by investing in proven, evidence-based prevention and intervention strategies that localities develop in partnership with the modern day village, namely our schools, nonprofits, community centers, parents and young people.

For too long, many of our communities have suffered the consequence of crime and gang activities. For too long, we have pursued policies that are neither smart nor effective. For too long, we have given up hope that young people caught up in the vicious cycle known as the school-to-prison pipeline will ever become productive members of society.

That needs to stop. We don’t have to continue to turn our backs on disadvantaged communities or the young people living within them.

Youth PROMISE — Going Viral with Robin Wright!

By Jennifer Bellamy, Washington Legislative Office at 5:04pm

Earlier this week, acclaimed actress Robin Wright was in Washington, D.C., for the premiere of a new video that supports the Youth PROMISE Act. This legislation, which is currently pending in Congress, seeks to address youth violence by providing resources…

Congress – Finally Getting Smart on Crime

By Ian S. Thompson, ACLU Washington Legislative Office at 3:16pm

Earlier this morning, the House Judiciary Committee, on a vote of 17-14, sent the Youth PROMISE Act onto the House of Representatives for a vote in the near future by the full chamber! It has taken several years of hard work and determined advocacy…

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