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It’s time we spoke out!

Have you felt confused, frightened, or humiliated by the juvenile justice system? Have you faced unfair, unjust, or ridiculous rules, fees, fines, and hurdles while dealing with the juvenile justice system? The overwhelming majority of families struggle just to stay in contact with their loved ones and to have a say in what happens to them.

You can change these experiences by helping us win the Justice for Families Bill of Rights. The first step is to share your story so we will no longer suffer in silence stereotyped as “uncaring” or “uninvolved.”


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As the parent of a son who was incarcerated at the age of 17 yrs old in an adult … [Read more]

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The sisters and brothers of young people involved in the juvenile justice system speak about their experience. Courtesy of the Community Rights Campaign at the Labor Community Strategy Center [Read more]


Raymond from the Bronx speaks to the need for J4F Bill of Rights [Read more]


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 My only son, Steven Menendez, was 14 years old when he was arrested.  It was his first arrest.  He … [Read more]

When my grandson was first arrested four years ago, I rushed to the precinct to tell the police that … [Read more]

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On How To Share Your Story

To share you story over the phone you can simply call 877 410-4863. Or use the form below. Here are some tips on how to share your story from Nation Inside, one of our partner organizations.

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Submit a Story

  • YouTube or Vimeo link if you have a video story to share.
  • MP3 format only.
    Accepted file types: mp3.
  • If you have your story as a Microsoft Word document or other file, you can upload that here.
    Accepted file types: doc, docx, pdf.
  • If you would like to paste your story text instead of uploading it as a file, you can paste the text here.


Sign the Family Bill of Rights so families can impact court hearings to keep youth out of the school-to-prison pipeline!

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The Justice for Families Bill of Rights includes 5 major rights:

1) Right to Notification–families have a right to be notified anytime significant decisions are being made about their loved ones or questions are being asked that could result in their child’s suspension, expulsion, arrest or prosecution.

2) Right to Participation–families have a right to participate and give input in these critical hearings and decision making points. Given this right school disciplinary and juvenile justice processes shall be conducted using language and terminology families can understand.

Families Unlocking Futures:
Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

This extraordinary … must read … comprehensive study examines our youth prison system from the perspective of those who are most impacted — young people and their families.”
~ Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

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Families Unlocking Futures:
Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

This extraordinary … must read … comprehensive study examines our youth prison system from the perspective of those who are most impacted — young people and their families.”

~ Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow

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