State and National Policy Reform Initiatives
Strategies for Youth issues statements on decrees, policies and legislation. These are some of our statements.
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.
Stop School Pushout (SSPO) Administration:
Thank you for inviting me to review the Knoxville County Schools proposed Memorandum of Understanding with the Knoxville Police Department.
Strategies for Youth joins cosigners from the National Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Coalition to encourage representatives to vote “yes” on H.R. 494, the “Tiffany Joslyn Juvenile Accountability Block Grant Program Reauthorization Act of 2019.”
Lisa Thurau testified before Nebraska law makers recommending more training for law enforcement officers in best practices for working with youth.