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
CCLP was asked by officials in Kentucky and Maine to conduct assessments of conditions of…READ MORE
In March 2016, the Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law at the American University Washington College of…READ MORE
On April 1, the Center for Children’s Law and Policy released a comprehensive assessment of Baltimore’s efforts to divert young people away from contact with the justice system. As part of a Consent Decree with the U.S. Department of Justice, the City of Baltimore and the Baltimore Police Department…More
CCLP and the Burns Institute have published a fact sheet on changes to requirements in federal law related to states’ requirements to tackle overrepresentation of youth of color. Read the fact sheet, published through the Act 4 Juvenile Justice Campaign, by following this link.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