Across the United States, millions of youth are demanding change, condemning the long-existing systemic inequalities faced by marginalized communities and mobilizing support to further educate themselves and others. The power of youth activism has been evident in all movements, from the 1960s Civil Rights movement to the 21st century Black Lives Matter movement.

     Thus, it is crucial for us to become the trailblazers of the criminal justice reform movement, harnessing this power.

      In February of 2019, a MyVoice poll concluded that 56% of youth ages 14-24 knew little to nothing about the justice system. Socially active students still find difficulty in learning about the prison industrial complex and abolitionist stances due to complex legal jargon. This stems from the fact that there are many criminal justice books targeted towards those involved in academia, but very few aimed towards introductory activists who need a foundational understanding to jumpstart their work in this field. 

    Given that our generation will hold future positions of power, it is imperative that they are empowered with the education that is needed to create significant change. We hope to engage this generation with a passion for criminal justice reform by empowering them with the information and sharing lived experiences of incarcerated people.