In September, a federal judge ordered the release of children from Angola. But the fight hasn't ended there as we hoped. OJJ’s appeal of the judge's decision is still pending—even though on September 15th they also removed kids from Angola
We want to be able to close out this horrific chapter so that our families can begin to heal from what will be decades of trauma and harm on top of what already has existed in our state and national history, but unfortunately we can't with confidence (and while litigation is still pending) close out this petition until we know for certain that kids will not be sent back to Angola.
Moreover, we continue to be deeply concerned for youth in the system and disturbed by the ways in which the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) perpetuates a vicious cycle of harm on our most vulnerable youth and families. OJJ has been shuffling youth in and out of different facilities. The pattern goes on and on– moving kids from one disastrous situation to another.