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All young people must have the opportunity to meaningfully participate in our society.  The ACLU Youth Policy project seeks to ensure that young people – particularly those who have been historically excluded or underserved – receive meaningful education and services in communities, instead of being pushed to a juvenile justice system that will undermine their ability to be successful as adults.  Our current focus is on reforming school discipline policies and practices, working to limit school-based referrals to the juvenile justice system, and decreasing the over-reliance on jails and prisons for young people in the juvenile and adult criminal law systems.


News Release, Published: 
Friday, June 21, 2024
Joint statement on preliminary injunction ruling in Legal Counsel for Youth and Children, et. al. v. State of Washington
Friday, April 19, 2024
A helpful guide answering many common questions about practical legal issues for transgender individuals to understand their legal rights in Washington State.
Thursday, April 4, 2024
Learn how to advocate with your school board around issues of free speech.
News Release, Published: 
Tuesday, February 13, 2024
HB 2065 will align the judicial system with established science around brain development and adolescent behavior, reflect best practices in sentencing, and begin to rectify the vast racial disparities in Washington’s sentencing system.
News Release, Published: 
Monday, February 5, 2024
Like many community partners, we are disappointed that King County has announced the decision to delay the closing of the youth jail past the year 2025.