We advocate for a justice system that treats kids as kids.

Mission

Lone Star Justice Alliance (LSJA) is a nonprofit legal organization that improves the lives of youth and emerging adults in the justice system.

 

Vision

We envision a justice system that uses developmentally-appropriate responses to behavior and treats youth and emerging adults with equity and dignity to promote resilience, conserve costs, and increase public safety.

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Strategy

Recent research in adolescent development, brain science, and social science has provided evidence for treating youth and emerging adults uniquely within the criminal and juvenile legal system. By using evidence-based responses to behavior, we will better serve youth and emerging adults than the failing, punitive criminal and juvenile legal systems, especially when coupled with due process, fairness, and equity.

Transforming Lives | Transforming Justice 

The Problem

In Texas and across the U.S., youth and emerging adults (17 to 24), especially those of color, are disproportionately at high risk of becoming involved in the criminal legal system. The system routinely fails these young people by sentencing them to years – or even life – in prison for behavioral infractions they commit.

They often end up in places meant for adults – places that retraumatize them, fail to address their underlying needs, and contribute to recidivism. This deprives them of access to habilitation, to live full lives, and to be productive members of society. Without these opportunities, the likelihood that they will reoffend is high. This is not justice, in the true sense of the word. The human, social, and financial costs of this failed system are devastating.

To deliver real justice, promote recovery rather than recidivism, and end intergenerational imprisonment, we must change the system so that it is responsive to the unique needs of youth and emerging adults. Lone Star Justice Alliance exists to facilitate this change.

 Facts:

Texas spends $5 billion each year on a system that fails 75% of the time

young adults (17 to 24) are arrested in Texas each year

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of young adults in Texas who enter the prison system reoffend within 3 years

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Black and Latino residents are 30% of the U.S. but 56% of those incarcerated

JustCareers

We are providing career pathways to liveable wage jobs and holistic supports for justice involved emerging adults and provides training for employers to increase retention rates.

ReImagineJustice Institute

Through our ReImagine Justice Institute, we cultivate connections with and equip community-based organizations, defense counsel, directly-impacted individuals, and stakeholders, to shift narratives and drive change at the local level.

JustSentencing

With our Juvenile Sentencing Project and Survivors’ Project, we lead and support strategic litigation to challenge specific system failures. And, we use the lessons we learn from our research, innovations, and legal strategies to amend Texas’ penal and family codes, policies and practices that drive true criminal legal system changes with outcomes that transform lives.

TransformativeJustice

Through our Transformative Justice work, we facilitate change by developing innovative programs that focus on creating community-based alternatives to the failing criminal legal system. These innovative programs are designed to address unmet needs, increase social determinants of health, and improve public safety.

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Lone Star Justice Alliance2 days ago

Knowing the numbers not only allows us to be more knowledgeable about the struggles of our youth, but also gives us direction on how we can be the most effective in our efforts.

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice...

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Lone Star Justice Alliance2 days ago

For the second consecutive year, new delinquent conduct
cases involving a felony offense exceeded those involving a
misdemeanor.

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice #LoneStarJusticeAlliance #SurvivorsProject #Dallas

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Lone Star Justice Alliance2 days ago

Since the peak in 2007, the number of juvenile cases filed has
fallen 74 percent to the lowest level since 1993.

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice #LoneStarJusticeAlliance #SurvivorsProject #Dallas...

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.2 days ago
Texas

https://youtu.be/JB9q3S_6-zU LSJA’s very own Yulise Reaves Waters (@yulisewaters) presented on a panel on “Bridging the Gap Between Community and Law Enforcement” for the George Floyd Memorial Center. Check it out!

#LSJA

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.3 days ago
Texas

Mental Health Matters! We NEED your help.

Apply here:

https://www.lonestarjusticealliance.org/job/behavioral-health-counselor/

*also searchable on the Indeed
platform.

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.6 days ago
Texas

The world runs on all sorts of power, none more important than brain power. LSJA needs YOU to help us protect our greatest natural resource.

Apply here:

https://www.lonestarjusticealliance.org/job/behavioral-health-counselor/

*also searchable on...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance6 days ago

The LSJusticeLeague is get’n ACTIVE out here in these streets! Shout out to Elizabeth Henneke (@eahenneke) & Emily Schuerman (@emilyschuerman) for their amazing efforts on May 19th at the TJJD SEED Virtual Conference.

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https://t.co/B2ibjSOoCd LSJA’s very own @YuliseWatersEsq presented on a panel on “Bridging the Gap Between Community and Law Enforcement” for the George Floyd Memorial Center. Check it out!

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice #Justice4All #Texas #LSJusticeLeague #georgefloyd #community https://t.co/5CVhyfJDip
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The LSJustice League is in need of someone with YOUR special set of skills. Join forces with #LSJA today!

Apply here:
https://t.co/FZAGGv7VFh *also searchable on the Indeed
platform.

#LSJA #LSJusticeLeague #mentalhealth #mentalhealthawareness #mentalhealthmatters https://t.co/OsECp4mou8
Official_LSJA photo
The world runs on all sorts of power, none more important than brain power. LSJA needs YOU to help us protect our greatest natural resource.

Apply here:
https://t.co/FZAGGv7VFh *also searchable on the Indeed
platform. #LSJA #mentalhealthawareness https://t.co/XoqDr626qe
Official_LSJA photo
The #LSJusticeLeague is get’n ACTIVE out here in these streets! Shout out to Elizabeth Henneke ( @eahenneke) & Emily Schuerman ( @emilyschuerman) for their amazing efforts on May 19th at the TJJD SEED Virtual Conference. #LSJA https://t.co/h9IcFlAJJq

Awards & Honors

Recent Awards & Honors Received by LSJA & Our Talented Staff

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Project Partners

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