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

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 Alliance is at Georgetown Law.2 days ago
Georgetown Law

June 19th-25th 2022 LSJA’s @yulisewaters attended the Youth Defender Advocacy Program (YDAP) Summer Academy hosted by @georgetownlawofficial’s Juvenile Justice Initiative and The @gaultcenter (formerly the National Juvenile Defender Center) in Washington, DC.

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.3 days ago
Texas, United States

http://ow.ly/2QRE50L0o1Z LSJA is recognized in this Strategic Workforce Development toolkit piece,
“Every Day Counts 6: Strategic Workforce Development Toolkit”. The SWD Toolkit highlights best practices and success stories from those that have benefited from Highway Construction Workforce Partnership. The construction...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.3 days ago
Texas, United States

http://ow.ly/OThQ50L0nRm The Gault Center – South Central Region is one of the nine Regional Centers connected to the Gault Center (formerly the National Juvenile Defender Center). The The Gault Center provides support to the youth defense community to protect the liberty interests...

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Dallas, Texas.7 days ago
Dallas, Texas

LSJA’s JustSentencing Team provided over 1200 legal service hours this summer! Our JSP team consists of eight law students from across the country who spent the summer doing a deep dive into the factual and legal analysis of our clients claims, interviewing witnesses, reviewing and...

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Dallas, Texas.7 days ago
Dallas, Texas

Thank you to everyone who supported LSJA’s 5-Year Celebration Dinner. Attendees dined and shared in an evening of reflection on how far LSJA has come and the tremendous work we have been able to accomplish in such a short amount of time. Here’s to many...

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Austin, Texas.1 week ago
Austin, Texas

http://ow.ly/LGRc50KWhet Check out this great report from our partners at the National League of Cities (@leagueofcities) ,featuring LSJA's incredible Transformative Justice Programs. LSJA works closely with the entire Young Adult Community of Practice and looks forward to conveying with...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Austin, Texas.1 week ago
Austin, Texas

http://ow.ly/NfQU50KVLIg Check out this new report that highlights the experiences of survivors of human trafficking and provides recommendations for increasing their trust in the justice system. Unsurprisingly, the report recommends the very solutions LSJA is also fighting for: Ending the criminalization of...

Proud to announce we were selected for the 2022 Catalyst Grant Program from @UrbanInstitute & @Microsoft Justice Reform Initiative. Learn more about this effort to leverage data & technology to advance racial equity https://t.co/kwzWHCe2Gq Official_LSJA photo

Awards & Honors

Recent Awards & Honors Received by LSJA & Our Talented Staff

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Project Partners

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