Sign onto our “Family Bill of Rights.”
We are founded and run by parents and families who have experienced “the system” directly with their own children (often the survivors of crime themselves), and who are taking the lead to help build a family-driven and trauma-informed youth justice system.
J4F is building a national bipartisan movement for justice reinvestment–the reallocation of government resources away from mass incarceration and toward investment in families and communities.
Community Justice Network for Youth
The W. Haywood Burns Institute is a national organization working to reduce overrepresentation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.
The Data Center
The Data Center works to dismantle the disconnect between community knowledge and “authoritative research” by helping communities learn and apply social science tools so they share expertise with policy-makers and academic institutions.
Nation Inside is a national criminal justice movement building network driving campaigns through the power of stories.
National Juvenile Justice Network
The National Juvenile Justice Network leads a national movement of state-based juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to secure state, local and federal laws, policies and practices that are fair, equitable and developmentally appropriate for all children, youth and families involved in, or at risk of becoming involved in, the justice system.
Strong Families is a 10-year national initiative to change the way people think, feel and act in support of families anchored by Forward Together. Strong Families, anchored by the reproductive justice sector, is bringing together leaders and organizations from immigrant rights, labor, education, climate justice, LGBT, racial justice, and criminal justice to move a progressive agenda with families at the center.
Dignity in Schools
The Dignity in Schools Campaign (DSC) challenges the systemic problem of pushout in our nation’s schools and advocates for the human right of every child to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. The DSC unites parents, youth, educators and advocates in a campaign to promote local and national alternatives to a culture of zero-tolerance, punishment and removal.
Center for Community Alternatives
The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. Our mission is to promote reintegrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.
Citizens for Second Chances
CFSC is a group of family members, loved ones and professionals dedicated to giving hope for children and youth incarcerated for life. CFSC is a project of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.
Community Connections for Youth
CCFY is a Bronx based community organization whose mission is to empower grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community-based alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programs for youth.
Community Rights Campaign
The Community Rights Campaign, a project of the Labor Community Strategy Center, organizes L.A. high schools students and among L.A.’s 500,000 low-income bus riders to build campaigns to push back the growing police/prison state and push forward an expanded social welfare state.
Families and Allies of Virginia’s Youth
FAVY is a diverse group of people who care about youth who are in the justice system in Virginia. We support and empower families and advocate for a justice system that gives youth a better chance to become successful adults.
Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children
(FFLIC) is a statewide membership-based organization that fights for a better life for all of Louisiana’s youth, especially those involved in or targeted by the juvenile justice system.
Families for Books Not Bars
Books Not Bars, a program of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, is a statewide campaign aiming to shut down California’s abusive and costly youth prisons and replace them with alternatives that work – like regional rehabilitation centers and community-based programs.
Families Organized for Reform of Juvenile Justice
FORJ-MO, the first parent-led juvenile justice reform organization in Missouri, educates lawmakers and the public on the dangers of trying youth as adults and recommends alternatives to keep our children and communities safe.
New Jersey Collaborative
J4F is working with a collaborative of groups in New Jersey including Renewed Minds, the Statewide Parents Advocate Network, Parents Anonymous and the New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations.
Spirit House is a Durham, North Carolina based cultural organizing collective, has worked with community members to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers that prevent us from gaining the resources, leverage and capacity for long-term self-sufficiency.
Texas Families of Incarcerated Youth
TFIY is a network comprised of family members of youth that are currently or formerly incarcerated in the Texas Youth Commission. TFIY’s mission is to offer support and information to families, and advocate as a unified voice for systemic change for families of incarcerated youth.
Youth justice Coalition
The Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) is working to build a youth-led movement to challenge race, gender and class inequality in the Los Angeles County juvenile injustice system.