Calafia Issue 4: Writing Through Walls

We are pleased to announce the 4th issue of Calafia, a statewide youth policy journal. For this special issue on criminal justice reform, we had the privilege of working alongside our YouthWire media hubs as well as partner organizations from around the state: The Beat Within, 916 Ink, Fathers and Families of San Joaquin, Coachella Unincorporated, VoiceWaves, South Kern Sol, The kNOw, and We’Ced Youth Media.

Calafia Editorial Board Note:
Mass incarceration continues to haunt the youth of California. Our current justice systems do not cultivate healing. When this system fails our youth, it fails all of us. It fails our communities and it fails our futures.

We should nurture and not punish children from an early age. Our schools should never push out students.

This publication is a call to action. Our state must invest in our youth and demolish oppressive infrastructures.

The writing and art in this issue come from young people, many of whom have come face-to-face with a juvenile justice system that confines more youth than any other developed country in the world.

These narratives from people on both sides of the walls of our justice system will not be confined; we invite you inside this edition to hear from youth as they write through these walls.