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Did you have contact with the adult criminal justice system when you were 17?

Do you know someone (a family member, mentee, student, etc.) who had such contact at 17?

We need your stories!

In Massachusetts, all 17-year-olds charged with a crime are automatically tried and sentenced in the adult criminal justice system – despite the fact that for most other purposes (and in most other states) 17-year-olds are not considered adults. CfJJ is gathering stories of people who were prosecuted, tried, sentenced, or incarcerated in Massachusetts as adults for crimes allegedly committed when they were 17.

Citizens for Juvenile Justice is gathering stories of people who were prosecuted, tried, sentenced, or incarcerated in Massachusetts as adults for crimes allegedly committed when they were 17. We plan to use these stories to show how being tried and sentenced in adult court, and confined in adult facilities, affects a 17-year-old. We want to give voice to the youths, parents, families and friends who have been affected by this policy. They will provide a vital, vivid component of our discussion of this issue in reports, policy briefs, publications, newsletters, and the CfJJ website.

Your privacy will be protected: we will not share or release your name or other identifying information in these profiles. The power of your story is in the facts and emotions you relate to us, not in your name.

We need less than an hour of your time so that we can meet with you to conduct a brief interview.

Your experience can make a big difference in Massachusetts. Please share it with us now.

Contact Naoka Carey or at (617) 338-1050 for more information.