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Thrive Under 25 (TU25) is a transformative coalition that uses advocacy, legislation, and public education to end the racist, damaging, and punitive responses of DC’s adult criminal legal system toward people who came in contact with the system when they were under 25.

Since 2019, TU25 has worked to address the needs of the court-involved emerging adult population in the District and aims to center the voices of those that are directly impacted. Thrive continuously develops new issue priorities based on the experiences of members who were or are currently incarcerated as young people to create safe and supportive communities for District youth and families without carceral systems.

Thrive Under 25 (TU25) has been instrumental in criminal legal system advocacy and reform efforts in the District such as the passage of the Second Look Amendment Act of 2019, an expansion of the Incarceration Reduction Amendment Act (IRAA). Second Look allows a person who committed a crime before the age of 25, and who has served a minimum of 15 years in prison, to apply to the DC Superior Court to have their sentence reviewed. In addition, TU25 continues to work to fully implement the Youth Rehabilitation Act (YRA), uplift youth voices, create community healing, and advocate for the establishment of an Office of Emerging Adult Services (OEAS).

Thrive Under 25 Member Organizations

Free Minds Book Club & Writing Workshop

School Justice Project

Georgetown Juvenile Justice Initiative

Georgetown Prisons and Justice Initiative

Justice Policy Institute

The Sentencing Project

Neighbors for Justice

DC Justice Lab

Open City Advocates

Washington Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights and Urban Affairs


If you are interested in becoming a member of Thrive Under 25 please contact Emily Daly at emily@freemindsbookclub.org.