Juvenile Justice

We live in a country that incarcerates more of its citizens than any other nation in the world. Eastern University is located in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania which has more persons serving juvenile life without parole sentences than any other state, and incarcerates a larger percentage of its minority population than any other state.  Eastern University is in the Philadelphia area, and that school district’s zero tolerance policies also contribute to the over incarceration of young people, particularly youth of color. Trying youth as adults, housing youth in adult jails and prisons, the prevalence of prison rape, the dangers of solitary confinement and matters related to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act are all issues of concern for the Center for Urban Youth Development.

CUYD is available to offer practical workshops and educational presentations on these and related youth justice issues. To join our mailing list, or to request a presentation, email Dr. Kimberlee Johnson at cuyd@eastern.edu.


2016 Reentry Conference: Reconcile, Recover, and Restore, June 20-25, 2016
The Center for Urban Youth Development will partner with Tasker Street Missionary Baptist Church in Philadelphia, along with Out of Nazareth, and the Office of Philadelphia City Councilman Kenyatta Johnson, to host a FREE reentry conference designed to help reconcile, recover, and restore formerly incarcerated persons and their affected families and communities. Registration is required. Learn more about the conference here.


This professional seminar course lays a foundation for ministry to youth and young adults in conditions of confinement. An overview of the juvenile justice system process will be provided and students will be exposed to various effective models for serving young people in lock up. Experienced practitioners in this area will serve as guest presenters. Location of course: Eastern University Philadelphia, Falls Center, 3300 Henry Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19129. Cost: $35/person. Continental breakfast & lunch provided. To request registration information click here.

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Our youth justice forums are geared toward people engaged or interested in holistic prison ministry or reentry efforts with young people ages 24 & under. We've learned from experienced practitioners from Juvenile Law Center, Straight Ahead Ministries, Coalition for Juvenile Justice, Justice and Mercy, Inc., Defenders Association of Philadelphia, formerly incarcerated youth who have survived the juvenile and criminal justice systems, and have partnered with the efforts of the Campaign for Youth Justice. If you want to effectively engage in efforts that transform individual lives, communities and, systems, we invite you to attend our bi-annual forums.

Sponsors of our forums have included Better Days Ahead, Inc., Judson Press, Eastern University’s Urban Studies Department, Evangelicals for Social Action, Bible Way Baptist Church, Brown's ShopRite, and Slices Pizza (Ridge Avenue).

In 2006, more than 2,000 residential juvenile justice facilities in the United States housed more than 90,000 juvenile offenders. Although these facilities all served adjudicated youth, they differed by purpose, type, operational characteristics, and service provisions. This factsheet provides a snapshot of the continuum of juvenile justice facilities in the United States. View the Juvenile Justice Facilities Fact Sheet.

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