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Zero Tolerance: How States Comply with PREA’s Youthful Inmate Standard

2 December 2015


ABOUT THE CAMPAIGN FOR YOUTH JUSTICE The Campaign for Youth Justice (CFYJ) is a national initiative focused entirely on ending the practice of prosecuting, sentencing, and incarcerating youth under the age of 18 in the adult criminal justice system. [...] Stemming from her family’s circumstances and a desire to change state and federal policies that allow for the prosecution of hundreds of thousands of youth in adult court every year, this parent made a financial commitment to launch a national campaign. [...] The strategic goals of CFYJ are to reduce the total number of youth prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system and to decrease the harmful impact of trying youth in adult court. [...] This policy brief is an overview of various federal, state and local laws and practices affecting the treatment of youth tried and sentenced as adults. [...] It is meant to educate advocates, legislators, courts and other decision makers on the widely varying and disparate practices around the country concerning the treatment of youthful offenders.