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 in Texas.3 days ago
Texas

Did you know @official_lsja turns 5 years old this month?!? We’re so excited, how can we celebrate?

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice #LoneStarJusticeAlliance #SurvivorsProject #Dallas

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Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Texas.5 days ago
Texas

🤩 We earned a 2022 Gold Seal with @CandidDotOrg! Check out our #NonprofitProfile to learn more and make a difference with your support: https://www.guidestar.org/profile/82-2345921

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice...

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

LSJA is thrilled to be presenting at the TWC GRACE Conference this year! Come hear us talk about our #JustCareers program and how we support employers on July 29th in San Antonio!

#LSJA

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

Happy #NationalInternDay!! Thank you for your dedication. Like this post to show some intern love.

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice #LoneStarJusticeAlliance #SurvivorsProject #Dallas

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

It’s #InternUPTuesday!! You know what that means…

Introducing LSJA's Intern Supervisor for the Juvenile Sentencing Project, Carly Cheatham!

Carly recently graduated from Barry School of Law in Orlando, FL, Carly has been an intern with Lone...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance is in Austin, Texas.3 weeks ago
Austin, 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

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance is in San Antonio, Texas.3 weeks ago
San Antonio, Texas

We're thrilled to be presenting at the TWC GRACE Conference this year! Come hear us talk about our #JustCareers program and how we support employers on July 29th in San Antonio!

#LSJA #ReimagineJustice...

🤩 We earned a 2022 Gold Seal with @CandidDotOrg! Check out our #NonprofitProfile to learn more and make a difference with your support: https://t.co/pIllPKHcq8 https://t.co/ksSfucTYMR Official_LSJA photo
LSJA is thrilled to be presenting at the TWC GRACE Conference this year! Come hear us talk about our #JustCareers program and how we support employers on July 29th in San Antonio! https://t.co/Hb19MwDP7K Official_LSJA photo
Happy #NationalInternDay!! Thank you for your dedication. Like this post to show some intern love. https://t.co/tumUCnhx34 Official_LSJA photo
It’s #InternUPTuesday!! You know what that means…

Introducing LSJA's Intern Supervisor for the Juvenile Sentencing Project, Carly Cheatham!

Carly recently graduated from Barry School of Law in Orlando, FL, Carly has been an intern with Lone Star Justice Alliance for a year now https://t.co/CXo9v7fFNb
Official_LSJA photo
Mental Health Matters! We NEED your help.

Apply here:

https://t.co/FZAGGv7VFh

*also searchable on the Indeed
platform. https://t.co/er8Vt5XdKg
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Awards & Honors

Recent Awards & Honors Received by LSJA & Our Talented Staff

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