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

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 Pegasus Park.4 days ago
Pegasus Park

What’s the 411? “Reppin’ Your Community At The Capitol” Tuesday December 13th 2pm-5pm. This training will focus on youth and emerging adults in the juvenile and criminal legal systems. Join LSJA to learn how best to advocate for youth at the Capitol this legislative session.

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

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CitySquare AmeriCorps members serve in three focus areas: Education, Food Security, and Social Services. Members have the unique opportunity to serve within CitySquare programs and with other nonprofit organizations throughout North Texas.

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

We’re proud to be one of 144 community impact partners who will benefit from the historic Giving Tuesday $15 million investment presented to @UnitedWayofMetropolitanDallas by The Perot Foundation. As a United Way partner, we’re committed to doing our part in shaping a...

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

There’s STILL TIME TO GIVE! Every donation will matched dollar for dollar up to $15K. Show your support for LSJA by donating via https://donate.lonestarjusticealliance.org/ or scanning the attached QRcode. Your contributions help us continue to #shineforgood.

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

We’re proud to be one of 144 community impact partners who will benefit from the historic Giving Tuesday $15 million investment presented to United Way of Metropolitan Dallas by The Perot Foundation. As a United Way partner, we’re committed to doing our part in shaping...

Lone Star Justice Alliance
Lone Star Justice Alliance1 week ago

Today is the big day! #givingtuesday is finally here, show your support for LSJA by donating via https://donate.lonestarjusticealliance.org/ or scanning the attached QRcode. Your contributions help us continue to #shineforgood.

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

On #GivingTuesday November 29, 2022 show your support for LSJA by donating via https://donate.lonestarjusticealliance.org/ or scanning the attached QRcode. Your contributions help us continue to #shineforgood.

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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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