Every year, nearly 400,000 young people involved with law enforcement or the criminal legal system will be on their own for some period of time.
As part of Youth Justice Awareness Month, criminal justice experts, lawyers, and activists from around the country involved in this panel discussed several key issues facing youth today, including:
- How cities and states criminalize youth homelessness;
- The impact of these policies on youth and particularly youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth;
- What elected officials can do to treat kids like kids and stop criminalizing poverty; and
- The harmful ways we’ve discussed the stories of young people experiencing homelessness and how we can do better.