YOUTH SENTENCING & REENTRY PROJECT INC

YSRP works to keep children out of adult jails and prisons.

Philadelphia, PA   |  www.ysrp.org

Mission

The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. We partner with court-involved youth, their families, and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, health care, housing, and employment. Our ultimate goal is to keep children out of adult jails and prisons.

Ruling year info

2014

Co-Director

Lauren Fine

Co-Director

Joanna Visser Adjoian

Main address

1528 Walnut Street Suite 515

Philadelphia, PA 19102 USA

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EIN

47-1153595

NTEE code info

Administration of Justice, Courts (Court Administration, Court Reform, Alternatives to Litigation and Sentencing) (I50)

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Mitigation

We partner with young people (under 18) who face charges in the adult criminal justice system, with the goal of avoiding adult jails and prisons, and with Juvenile Lifers. Where a sentence must be imposed, we seek individualized outcomes that take into account a person’s full humanity, and that reduce the imposition, duration, and impact of adult criminal sentences on young people and their families.

We believe that young people and Juvenile Lifers are the experts of their own lived experiences and that their voices and their communities should be central to their court proceedings. We utilize a technique that is often employed in death penalty cases to center the voices of our client-partners: mitigation.

“Mitigation” is, essentially, the telling of one’s life story. We partner with youth and Juvenile Lifers to tell their stories━about who they are, and where they come from. We interview family members, friends, teachers, doctors, coaches, social workers━anyone who can illustrate a more realistic, detailed picture of a youth’s life experience, or a Juvenile Lifer’s early life and adjustment to prison. We gather and incorporate medical, educational and other records. We set this story within the context of the developing adolescent brain and the relevant case law that speaks to the unique characteristics of youth. We also collect letters from family members, community members and service providers.

We partner with young people and their defense attorneys as close to the time of their arrest as possible to begin building a mitigation narrative. We raise the bar of representation that our client-partners receive by incorporating reentry plans into their defense at the earliest possible stages.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Incarcerated people

Where we work

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YOUTH SENTENCING & REENTRY PROJECT INC

Board of directors
as of 9/3/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Zachary Epps

Johannah Rogers

Troy Spence

Barbara Beck

Jane Lowe

Salomon Moreno-Rosa

Rukiya Ross

Jocelyn Arnold

Alexandre Turner

Harper Seldin

Chris Arlene

Mary Horstmann

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/03/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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