Youth Justice

The Children’s Defense Fund initiated its national Cradle to Prison Pipeline® campaign to reduce the detention and incarceration of youth and young adults by increasing the preventative supports and services children need, such as quality early childhood development, education services, and comprehensive health and mental health coverage. Through its Youth Justice work, the Children’s Defense Fund–New York aims to ensure that justice-impacted young people are treated in age-appropriate ways that meet their rehabilitative needs, ensure their safety while in the system and decrease the likelihood that they will re-enter it in the future.

Learn more about our Youth Justice work.