Reimagining Youth Justice:
How Faith-Based Leaders Can Get Involved
In collaboration with Community Connections for Youth (CCFY), CPJ has developed a toolkit designed to empower individuals of faith to advocate for justice-involved youth. This resource, launched in November during the fourth CPJ juvenile justice convening, serves as a tool for advocacy, encouraging churches, small groups, and people of faith to actively engage in the pursuit of positive change for the benefit of young individuals entangled in the justice system.
This resource aims to lead readers through an exploration of the background, current issues, and potential solutions related to the incarceration system in the United States. Recognizing that churches have sometimes been absent from these conversations, the toolkit serves as a valuable resource for fostering collective learning, facilitating discussions, and taking concrete steps towards advocacy.
Creating this faith-based juvenile justice toolkit for churches and faith leaders is a dream realized. The faith community holds significant power and can make a substantial impact on behalf of justice-involved youth. Having a resource that addresses the issues tethered to the juvenile justice system and provides a biblical framework for the faith community to mobilize around is groundbreaking. This tool enables churches and faith-based communities to take transformative actions that can genuinely alter the life trajectory of youth heading deeper into the justice system.Belinda Ramos, Executive Director at Community Connections for Youth