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Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP)

123 South Broad Street
24th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19109

215-804-9093 (phone)
267-543-7939 (fax)
The Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit organization that provides comprehensive support to kids prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system. We have two goals:

1. Help lawyers with low-income clients get their cases transferred from the adult criminal justice system to the juvenile justice system; and

2. Help connect youth and their families with existing community resources and programs, so they have access to education, healthcare, stable housing and job placement.
  • 215-804-9093
  • YSRP uses direct service and policy advocacy to transform the experiences of children prosecuted in the adult criminal justice system, and to ensure fair and thoughtful resentencing and reentry for individuals who were sentenced to life without parole as children (“juvenile lifers”). We partner with court-involved youth and juvenile lifers, their families, and lawyers to develop holistic, humanizing narratives that mitigate the facts of each case; get cases transferred to the juvenile system or resentenced; and make crucial connections to community resources providing education, healthcare, housing, and employment. We also provide trainings on mitigation, and recruit, train and supervise students and other volunteers to assist in this work. Our ultimate goals are to keep children out of adult jails and prisons and to enhance the quality of representation juvenile lifers receive at resentencing, and as they prepare to reenter the community.
  • Through the implementation of an innovative new service-delivery model, YSRP aims to disrupt the practice of sentencing children in adult criminal courts in Philadelphia, to inform the practice of resentencing individuals sentenced to life in prison without parole when they were under 18, and to refine a model that can then be applied to achieve similar system change across the country. We will accomplish these goals by providing targeted mitigation investigations, increased access to community resources, and reentry planning for youth facing charges in the adult criminal justice system and to juvenile lifers, with the goal of reducing the duration and impact of adult criminal sentences on low-income children and their families. In the long term, YSRP’s work has the potential to improve the quality of representation that poor children receive and to eliminate the practice of charging children as adults in our region.
  • Youth facing charges in the adult criminal justice system.
    Individuals sentenced to life in prison without parole before their 18th birthday.
    Families with children or loved ones (under age 18) facing charges in the adult criminal justice system.
  • Please call 215-804-9093 or email
  • Founded in 2014 with seed funding from the Echoing Green Foundation and based in Philadelphia, the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP) was launched in large part in response to the experiences of hundreds of Pennsylvanian children who were sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole, and their families. To date, YSRP has engaged in three key activities: (1) aiding under-resourced court-appointed attorneys with young (under 18) clients facing adult charges by providing mitigation services at the decertification and sentencing stages of criminal and juvenile court cases; (2) supporting youth and their families throughout their contact with the justice system, including during incarceration and as they plan for and execute reentry; and (3) advancing policy reform based on the experiences of our clients and their families.
  • Joanna Visser Adjoian, Esq., Co-Director Lauren Fine, Esq., Co-Director