Justice for Youth

States spend about three times as much money per prisoner as per public school student. A Black boy born in 2001 has a 1 in 3 chance of going to prison in his lifetime; a Latino boy has a 1 in 6 chance, and a White boy a 1 in 17 chance of the same fate.

We must stop the criminalization of children, and disproportionately children of color, at increasingly younger ages, and invest in prevention and early intervention. We must reduce detention and incarceration by increasing access to programs we know work such as quality early childhood development and education, and to the health and mental health care children need for healthy development.

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About CDFTX 2015
We are the Texas state office of the Children's Defense Fund. CDF is a nonprofit advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for over 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children.
March 19, 2015

About CDF-TX 6.30.2014
About CDF-Texas: Children's Defense Fund (CDF) is a nonprofit advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. We champion policies and programs that lift children out of poverty; protect them from abuse and neglect; and ensure their access to healthcare, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation.
June 30, 2014

CDF 2014-ALF Report Update, Research Supplement
Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® in Houston and Texas. A Study of Solutions: 2009 Report of the American Leadership Forum Class XXV. 2014 Report Update Researched and prepared by Children’s Defense Fund-Texas
January 1, 2014

Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® in Houston and Texas
Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline in Houston and Texas
July 1, 2009

Cradle PowerPoint
Presentation on A Call to Action: Dismantling the Cradle to Prison Pipeline Crisis

Cradle PowerPoint (Updated and Sourced)
Presentation on America’s Cradle to Prison Pipeline Statistics and Sources

Message to the 81st Texas Legislature
A Message to the 81st Texas Legislature: Dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline®

Cradle Forum PowerPoint Presentation
CDF-TX PowerPoint presentation from the 2008 Cradle to Prison Pipeline Campaign Texas Summit