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 United States, youth and emerging adults ages 17 to 24, especially those of color, are at a disproportionately 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 re-offend 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 represent 30% of the U.S. population but 56% of those incarcerated

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

Through our Youth Sentencing and Survivors’ Projects, we lead and support strategic litigation to challenge specific system failures. Then, we use the lessons learned 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
Lone Star Justice Alliance6 days ago

https://www.teenvogue.com/story/juvenile-justice-black-girls-leesburg-stockade via Teen Vogue “A recent story about a group of girls fighting for civil rights in Georgia in the 1960s serves as a vital reminder that racial injustice is deeply rooted in the history of our juvenile justice system.”
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Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance1 week ago

🚨 ATTENTION: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED! https://tinyurl.com/LSJA2023 Join LSJA as we launch a bi-monthly zoom meeting to update community members on the Second Look Bill and our Lifers. Monday, February 6th 2023 12pm CST.

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance2 weeks ago

We are deeply saddened to learn of the recent suicide of Terence Tramaine Andrus. On November 18, 2021, LSJA, along with Eight Million Stories, summited an Amici Curiae brief in the Supreme Court of the United States in support of Mr. Andrus, asking the court...

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.2 weeks ago
Austin, Texas

On January 24, LSJA joined the The Austin 20 and The Houston 20 for an Anti-Human Trafficking Rally at the Texas Capitol. Organizations from across Texas spent the morning speaking with their legislators and garnering support for policies benefiting Survivors in the 88th Legislative Session....

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.2 weeks ago
Austin, Texas

https://tinyurl.com/LSJA2023 Join LSJA as we launch a bi-monthly zoom meeting to update community members on the Second Look Bill and our Lifers. Tuesday, January 31, 2023 12pm CST.

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance2 weeks ago

We’ve joined with employers in South Dallas to support #Secondlook, #cleanslate, and #secondchances.

#sdepinaustin #sdep #community #together #collaboration...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.2 weeks ago
Austin, Texas

http://ow.ly/tXql50MysHq After 20 years of programming to reduce youth violence, we now know that to prevent youth violence we must invest in young people. Via The Hill

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice

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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