In the fall of 2020, the LOPPW Advisory Council voted unanimously to add criminal justice reform as an LOPPW priority. At the same time, the LOPPW Director and Advisory Council decided to focus advocacy efforts on juvenile justice reform here in Wisconsin.
Raise the Age Wisconsin
As our first step in advocating for youth justice, LOPPW helped to rejuvenate a former coalition dedicating to returning 17-year-old youth to the juvenile justice system. This new coalition, called Raise the Age – Wisconsin, is working to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction to bring 17-year-olds back to the juvenile system. Wisconsin is one of only three states where all 17-year-olds are automatically tried in the adult system, which leads to higher government spending, lower public safety, and worse outcomes for justice-involved youth.
Please check out the website that Hunger Advocacy Fellow Kyle Minden created for RTA-Wisconsin: www.raisetheagewi.org
Current Action Alert: Raise the Age in Wisconsin
Raise the Age Resources
- LOPPW’s Raise the Age Call to Action
- For information on why Wisconsin needs to raise the age, see Raise the Age is Right for Wisconsin.
- To advocate on Raise the Age policy, see the Raise the Age Advocacy Toolkit, which was authored and organized by LOPPW staff.
Other Juvenile Justice Work
LOPPW Youth Justice Policy Priorities: Coming soon! This summer LOPPW will release a Youth Justice Policy Report outlining LOPPW’s role in advocating for youth justice reform and identifying our juvenile justice policy priorities. Check back or follow us on Facebook to catch this new report from LOPPW.