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Juvenile Justice

America’s jails and prisons are dangerous places to stay healthy, even in the best of times. Inmates live in close proximity, sharing toilets and eating spaces with poor hygiene and little ventilation. Guards, staff, and visitors are constantly churning through, carrying with them germs from the outside. In our new coronavirus world, this is a recipe for disaster for prisoners and staff alike. 

On this page, we’ll track relevant stories and resources during these extraordinary times.

What CR is Doing

April 16, 2020

Call for a Nationwide Moratorium on Juvenile Fees and Fines

We joined over 135 groups across the country and political spectrum calling for a national moratorium on juvenile fees and fines during the COVID crisis. These harmful practices push youth and families deeper into the juvenile system and poverty, and they undermine community safety. State and local governments must stop imposing fees and fines during a global pandemic and economic crisis.

View the letter and our recommendations here.

March 23, 2020

Children Cannot “Social Distance” in Jail

We launched a petition requesting that youth in jail are released and placed safely at home or in loving foster care homes.

Children’s Rights has long been a voice for the incarcerated youth. We know that many of them have not been convicted of a crime, but are locked up simply because their families cannot afford to post bail. This is injustice enough, but now they are being held in places that are likely to make them sick. And it’s getting worse. Officials are taking drastic measures to isolate them. Children who are already traumatized and suffering from toxic stress will now suffer even further psychological damage as prisons and jails ban visits by family members, educators and other support personnel in the name of infection control.

Add your name to tell your elected officials to bring our children home.

COVID-19 Juvenile Justice News

Disclaimer: The information and materials on this web site are intended for informational purposes only and are not intended to be treated as legal advice.

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