Our work is currently focused on three main areas: eliminating racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, reducing the unnecessary and inappropriate incarceration of children, and eliminating dangerous and inhumane practices for youth in custody. Our staff members pursue a range of different activities to achieve these goals, including training, technical assistance, administrative and legislative advocacy, research, writing, media outreach, and public education.
CCLP staff members are working with several jurisdictions on strategies to reduce and eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system.READ MORE
Our staff are working to improve conditions of confinement in juvenile throughout the country.READ MORE
CCLP staff help jurisdictions across the country reduce unnecessary incarceration of youth without jeopardizing public safety.READ MORE
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As part of a series covering the experience of migrant youth in detention facilities throughout the country, the New York Times interviewed CCLP’s Jason…READ MORE
Read the Coalition’s July 9, 2018 statement, which outlines how the Department of Justice’s decision to rescind key guidance documents threatens to harm youth…READ MORE
During the summer of 2017, CCLP was asked by officials in Kentucky and Maine to…READ MORE
In March 2016, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of…READ MORE
Today, CCLP submitted comments to the Department of Homeland Security rejecting the Trump Administration’s proposal to roll back long-standing protections for immigrant children.
The proposed rule changes to what is known as the Flores Settlement would allow the government to indefinitely detain immigrant children, strip kids of existing legal protections and…More
As part of a series covering the experience of migrant youth in detention facilities throughout the country, the New York Times interviewed CCLP’s Jason Szanyi. An August 4 article cited the use of restraint chairs and spit masks on young people, which staff claimed were necessary. In the article,…More
“The work of the DMC Action Network, led by the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, demonstrated that communities can implement reforms that have a measurable and positive impact on youth of color.”
Laurie Garduque Director of Justice Reform, The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation