Juvenile Justice

Involvement with the criminal justice system puts youth’s futures at risk, with adverse impacts on young people’s mental and physical well-being, education, and employment opportunities. Federal government can help young people before and after their first brush with the law to avoid deepening involvement with the justice system. First Focus advocates for investments in meeting the health, education, employment opportunity, and other needs essential to turning young people’s lives around.

Resources


Report Release: Kids’ Share 2016

Event September 20, 2016 |

Sep 20 2016 Ended Report Release: Kids' Share 2016 Urban Institute, Washington, DC, Is Spending on Children Part of the Public Conversation? A Discussion


Briefing: Children’s Right to Counsel

Event September 12, 2016 |

Sep 12 2016 Ended Briefing: Children’s Right to Counsel Gold Room, Washington, DC, US Please join the American Bar Association, Children’s Advocacy Institute, First


Skilled Digital Media Strategist Meg Biallas Joins First Focus

| July 14, 2016 |

Washington – Bringing more than eight years of experience in digital media strategy and development, former RAINN (Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network) Online


Children’s Budget 2016

| July 7, 2016 |

Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s programs has


As Children Face Uncertain Future, Federal Budget Book Analyzes Expenditures on Kids

| July 7, 2016 |

Washington – Federal spending dedicated to children represents just 7.83 percent of the federal budget in fiscal year 2016 and total spending on children’s


New York Times Columnist Charles Blow to Discuss Child Poverty at 2016 Children’s Budget Summit

| June 28, 2016 |

Washington – New York Times columnist and CNN contributor Charles Blow will talk about the intersection of child poverty and race at the 2016


Children’s Budget Summit 2016: Place, Race, and Economy – Closing the Gap for Kids

Event July 07, 2016 |

Jul 07 2016 Ended Children's Budget Summit 2016: Place, Race, and Economy – Closing the Gap for Kids National Press Club, Washington, DC Join


More coordination needed between child welfare and juvenile justice systems

| May 19, 2016 |

By Mattilyn H. Karst Of the 415,000 youth in foster care in America, half have been arrested at least once and a third have


Black girls matter, and we’re failing them

| March 29, 2016 |

“How can Black girls learn the kind of assertiveness that will make them future leaders, when they aren’t even allowed space to be human,


“Spotlight” Shows Us the Kids Aren’t Alright

| March 29, 2016 |

“We don’t have a child and youth problem in America. We have a profound adult problem.” -Marion Wright Edelman Although the selection of Spotlight