State and National Policy Reform Initiatives
Strategies for Youth issues statements on decrees, policies and legislation. These are some of our statements.
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights urges support for S.4360/H.R.7848, the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act
Strategies for Youth is among the 232 co-signing organizations showing their support for this letter from The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights to the U.S. Congress. The letter urges the House and Senate to cosponsor bills S.4360/H.R.7848, the Counseling Not Criminalization in Schools Act. This legislation would divert federal funding away from school-based law enforcement and toward evidence-based and trauma-informed services that create positive learning environments.
Preparing and Sharing Student Incident Reports and Other Student Information With The Boston Police Department
A statement from Lisa H. Thurau, on behalf of Strategies for Youth regarding Boston Public School Policy.
Strategies For Youth joined the Mental Health Legal Advisors Committee and Citizens for Juvenile Justice in calling for the full implementation of the Criminal Justice Reform Act of 2018 to make school districts and law enforcement more accountable to the students they serve.
Strategies for Youth issued a statement criticizing the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for not insuring police are guided by best practices and policies for working with youth and called for change, particularly in how law enforcement interacts with youth of color.
Strategies for Youth is a signatory on this Act 4 Juvenile Justice Coalition letter to the Senate and House leadership expressing deep opposition to the COVID-19 guidance for State Juvenile Detention and Correctional Facilities recently issued by Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, individuals incarcerated in and working at U.S. prisons, jails, and detention centers face a public health crisis due to existing unsanitary and overcrowded conditions of confinement. Strategies for Youth is a signatory on this coalition letter to Congress urging provisions in the COVID-19 response package to protect, release, and support reentry of incarcerated people.