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Recently Released Report

Transforming Closed Youth Prisons: Repurposing Facilities to Meet Community Needs, a recently released report by the Urban Institute, describes why state and local governments should begin repurposing vacant youth prisons. The report looks at six former detention centers currently undergoing transformations and offers recommendations for policymakers and advocates. Read the report and learn how to make repurposing a reality in your community.

Recent Blogs

  • The Juvenile Justice System Should Treat Kids Like Kids

    CDF joined more than 50 organizations writing to Congress in support of this legislation to reduce children’s contact with the criminal justice system; address racial disparities in criminalization, arrests, and sentencing; and create more equitable and age-appropriate measures for those children that do encounter these systems.

  • We Must Put an End to the Racist and Counteractive Practice of Juvenile Fees and Fines

    Juvenile fees and fines are not rehabilitative – instead, they increase recidivism and destabilize families, criminalize poverty, and heighten existing racial disparities within the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems. It’s time we move beyond reforming broken policies and put an end to these harmful practices altogether.

  • What President Biden’s Fiscal Year 2022 Budget Means for Our Nation’s Children and Families

    President Biden recently released his Fiscal Year (FY) 2022 Budget request to Congress to strengthen the economy, address longstanding racial disparities, and ensure a more equitable future for our children. After a year marked by such dramatic change and drastic negative impact on children’s lives, we need meaningful investments in supports for children and families. President Biden’s FY22 budget request starts to do just that.