The Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance has helped to dramatically reduce the number of children entering the juvenile justice system and pushed the state toward more fair and effective treatment of at-risk kids. As the only organization in Connecticut solely devoted to juvenile justice, the Alliance is the go-to source of information for policymakers and the media. It has set the agenda for reform and leads the charge on such issues as getting kids out of adult jails and prisons and stemming the disturbing growth of arrest as a tool for school discipline.
RYASAP’s Juvenile Justice Task Force was a founding partner of the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance (CTJJA), a statewide advocacy organization for juvenile justice system reform. As a statewide advocacy group for diversion services, the Alliance has been instrumental in raising the age of jurisdiction and removing kids who have not committed crimes from the juvenile court.
Juvenile Justice Task Force
Through the Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Pilot Program, the Task Force, in partnership with the Center for Children’s Advocacy and the Center for Children’s Law Policy, fostered major reductions in arrests of young people of color, and fostered agreements between the Bridgeport Police, Bridgeport Public Schools and RYASAP’s Juvenile Review Board to review arrests and divert youth to community services.