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 Alliance4 days ago

LSJA’s JustCareers Team in partnership with TxDot, Dallas College, and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is looking for individuals to participate in their second cohort, beginning on June 27, 2022. For more information contact Myrick Clark at 512-759-6379 or email mclark@lsja.com. Don’t sleep,...

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Dallas, Texas.4 days ago
Dallas, Texas

Opportunity is calling, are you ready to answer. Are you a #Dallas county resident age 18-27 and ready to work? @txdot is ready to #connectu2jobs! Can you start June 27th? If so you can earn certificates...

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

@Rachilzbet of the #lsjusticeleague is OUTSIDE with the Children’s Commission and Texas Judicial Commission on mental health discussing current issues in child mental health statewide!! Did you know In 2020, 86% of children admitted to tjjd had some form...

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

Shout out to #LSJusticeLeague member Rachel Hampton (@rachilzbet) who’s currently sitting at a round table discussion with the childrens commission and Texas judicial commission on mental health discussing current issues in Childrens mental health statewide. Go get em Rachel!...

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

Welcome to our summer! Our summer interns are from across the country and will help us advance our work on our juvenile lifer cases, policy agenda, juvenile defender toolkit resource development, and additional research. We are thrilled to see all of the transformational work you...

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

The #LSJusticeLeaue @Official_LSJA is sending its full support to Rachel Hampton (@rachilzbet) while she testifies at the Sunset commission on behalf of Lone Star Justice Alliance and the youth of Texas - because we advocate for...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance1 week ago

LSJA’s JustCareers Team in partnership with TxDot, Dallas College, and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is looking for individuals to participate in their second cohort, beginning on June 27, 2022. For more information contact Myrick Clark at 512-759-6379 or email mclark@lsja.com. Don’t sleep,...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
@Rachilzbet of the #lsjusticeleague is OUTSIDE with the Children’s Commission and Texas Judicial Commission on mental health discussing current issues in child mental health statewide!! Did you know In 2020, 86% of children admitted to tjjd had some form of mental Health need. https://t.co/43BTahbpW8 Official_LSJA photo
Shout out to #LSJusticeLeague member Rachel Hampton ( @rachilzbet) who’s currently sitting at a round table discussion with the childrens commission and Texas judicial commission on mental health discussing current issues in Childrens mental health statewide. Go get em Rachel! https://t.co/9gPjlz0N38 Official_LSJA photo
Welcome to our summer! Our summer interns are from across the country and will help us advance our work on our juvenile lifer cases, policy agenda, juvenile defender toolkit resource development, and additional research. https://t.co/qM1DJZdIDz Official_LSJA photo
The #LSJusticeLeaue @Official_LSJA is sending its full support to Rachel Hampton ( @rachilzbet) while she testifies at the Sunset commission on behalf of Lone Star Justice Alliance and the youth of Texas - because we advocate for a justice system that treats kids as kids. https://t.co/KCwZCuG1if Official_LSJA photo
LSJA’s JustCareers Team in partnership with TxDot, Dallas College, and Workforce Solutions Greater Dallas is looking for individuals to participate in their second cohort, beginning on June 27, 2022. #LSJA #TXDOT #JustCareers @TxDOTDallas https://t.co/sGugwaCCnG

Awards & Honors

Recent Awards & Honors Received by LSJA & Our Talented Staff

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Project Partners

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