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We are more than labels.

– Pope Francis

Are you ready to journey with Jesus?

– On any given day, more than 48,000 youth are locked up in the United States.

– More than 9,500 youth in juvenile facilities — or 1 in 5 — haven’t even been found guilty or delinquent, and are locked up before a hearing (awaiting trial). 

– nearly 1 in 5 youth in juvenile facilities, the most serious charge levelled against them is a technical violation (15%) or a status offense (4%). These are behaviors that would not warrant confinement except for their status as probationers or as minors.

– Of the 43,000 youth in juvenile facilities, more than two-thirds (69%) are 16 or older. Troublingly, more than 500 confined children are no more than 12 years old.         

                  – Prison Policy Initiative

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Juvenile Ministry Resources

Juvenile Justice Promo Video

Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative (JRJI) with Loyola Productions

Blessed Song

Jennifer Kelly, JRJI NorthWest

Weekly Liturgy Guides: Folletos Semanales

Jesuit Restorative Justice Initiative (JRJI)

A Path for Hope: Ending Juvenile Life without Parole

Take Part

Strong Futures

City of Chicago, Department of Family and Support Services with St. Sabina Church

When we visit Jesus In Prison: A Guide For Catholic Ministry

Chaplain Dale Recinella

Chicago Juvenile Detention Ministry Center

Sheil Catholic Center at Northwestern University

Juvenile Justice System

Prison Fellowship