Juvenile Justice

CDF-SRO's work in the area of Juvenile Justice is encompassed within our efforts to dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline® crisis in the Southern Region. For many youth, the juvenile justice system is the "last stop" on the cradle to prison pipeline. We work to build awareness of the root causes and trends that lead many youth across the country on the path toward incarceration. CDF-SRO identifies effective youth violence prevention and intervention programs to help youth throughout every point of involvement in the juvenile justice system. In addition, we advocate for humane and rehabilitative treatment of all children in the juvenile justice system, and for much needed systemic reform.

Community Partners

CDF-SRO's Community Partners share the principles associated with the Children's Defense Fund's campaign to dismantle the Cradle to Prison Pipeline crisis and create a better life for children in the South and across the country. Our current partners include:

Southern Poverty Law Center

The Southern Poverty Law Center is dedicated to fighting hate and bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of our society. Using litigation, education, and other forms of advocacy, the Center works toward the day when the ideals of equal justice and equal opportunity will be a reality.

Founded by civil rights lawyers Morris Dees and Joseph Levin Jr. in 1971, the SPLC is internationally known for tracking and exposing the activities of hate groups. Our innovative Teaching Tolerance program produces and distributes – free of charge – documentary films, books, lesson plans and other materials that promote tolerance and respect in our nation’s schools. Learn more.


The American Civil Liberties Union is freedom's watchdog, working daily in the courts, legislatures and communities to defend individual rights and personal freedoms guaranteed by the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The ACLU was founded in 1920.

The Mississippi affiliate of the ACLU was founded in 1969 in the thick of the Civil Rights Movement. In Mississippi at that time, Civil Rights workers were being beaten, arrested and killed for demonstrating against unjust laws and institutionalized discrimination. Basic Constitutional rights were being violated daily, from the right to vote, to the right to speak out against one's government without arrest, to the right of equal treatment under the law. Learn more.

The Children's Safe Center

The Children's Safe Center, formerly known as the Children's Justice Center, is dedicated to promoting the coordination of professional investigative, assessment and intervention services for abused and neglected children and their families.

The Children's Safe Center provides non-traumatic medical examinations and treatment for physically abused, neglected and /or sexually abused children. Cases are referred to the CARE Clinic from child advocacy centers, the Department of Human Services or local law enforcement agencies.

Staff members are trained child abuse professionals with extensive medical, courtroom and investigative experience in child maltreatment. Learn more.