Our Partners

If you do not see a partner listed below in your city or state, contact us.


National Partners

Community Justice Network for Youth (CJNY), a project of the W. Haywood Burns Institute, is comprised of 140 community-based programs, grassroots organizations, service-providing agencies, residential facilities and advocacy groups in 21 states primarily functioning as a support network for organizers and practitioners who are on the ground working with youth who are at risk or already involved in juvenile justice systems. The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) is a San Francisco based leading national nonprofit in the field of juvenile justice and ethnic and racial disparities reduction specifically working to reduce over-representation of youth of color in the juvenile justice system.

DataCenter 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.

J4F Memberships

Nation Inside is a national criminal justice movement building network driving campaigns through the power of stories.

The National Juvenile Justice Network leads a national movement of state-based juvenile justice coalitions and organizations to secure state, local and federal laws, as well as 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 via the campaign 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 actively and strategically advocate for a progressive agenda with families at the center.

Dignity in Schools Campaign, a project of Dignity in Schools, challenges the systemic problem of push out in our nation’s schools and advocates for the human right of every child to a quality education and to be treated with dignity. 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.

Local Partners

The Center for Community Alternatives (CCA) is a leader in the field of community-based alternatives to incarceration. CCA aims to promote re-integrative justice and a reduced reliance on incarceration through advocacy, services, and public policy development in pursuit of civil and human rights.

Citizens for Prison Reform (CPR) is a Michigan statewide family-run organization whose focus is educating, supporting and unifying families who have experienced the criminal justice system.  CPR also works to educate elected officials and the general public as to the need for reform of the criminal justice system, and the systems which house those convicted of crimes.  They believe that rehabilitation, treatment, and family involvement are key issues needing addressed.

Citizens for Second Chances (CFSC) is a group of family members, loved ones, and professionals dedicated to giving hope to children and youth incarcerated for life and is a project of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana.

Community Connections for Youth (CCFY) is a Bronx NY community organization whose mission is to empower grassroots faith and neighborhood organizations to develop effective community based alternative-to-incarceration (ATI) programs for youth.

The Community Rights Campaign, a project of the Labor Community Strategy Center, organizes Los Angeles high schools students as well as the 500,000 low-income bus riders in Los Angeles 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. FAVY supports and empowers families as well as advocates for a juvenile justice system that gives youth a better chance to become successful adults.

Families & 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, organizes the largest network of families of incarcerated youth (i.e. Families for Books Not Bars) aiming to shut down California’s abusive, broken, and costly youth prisons and replace them with alternatives that work – like regional rehabilitation centers and community-based programs. The Ella Baker Center for Human Rights advances racial and economic justice to ensure dignity and opportunity for low-income people and people of color.

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 both its children and communities safe.

New Jersey Collaborative
J4F is working with a collaborative of groups in New Jersey inspired by Renewed Minds, an organization dedicated to helping youth and young adults realize their natural born ‘inner resolve to succeed. Other collaborative participants include the Statewide Parents Advocate Network, Parents Anonymous, and the New Jersey Alliance of Family Support Organizations.

Spirit House, a Durham North Carolina based cultural organizing collective, has worked with community members to uncover and uproot the systemic barriers preventing the acquisition of 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 as well as advocate as a unified voice for systemic change for families of incarcerated youth.

Youth Justice Coalition (YJC) works to build a youth-led movement to challenge race, gender, and class inequality in the Los Angeles County juvenile injustice system.


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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10 Tips for Building Effective Youth-Family-Defender Partnerships

In partnership with the National Juvenile Defender Center, Justice For Families created a tip sheet for juvenile defenders. http://njdc.info/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/10-Tips-for-Building-Effective-Youth-Family-Defender-Partnerships.pdf

Justice For Families provides technical assistance and tools to help juvenile justice agencies partner with youth and families? Read more.