• Young people deserve mercy, regardless of the crime.
  • Institutional harm comes in many forms, not just through the experience of abuse and violence.
  • We do not solve the problems of institutional harm by shifting young people from adult prisons to juvenile facilities.
  • Young people's well-being and dignity should be at the center of any institutional practices.
  • Interventions should not focus exclusively on cognitive change; they should recognize that the growth and development of young people happens at multiple dimensions.
  • The people charged with taking care of young people in facilities and in community-based programs matter and should be given the tools and resources necessary to do the work in ways that values their well-being and dignity.