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Jeree Thomas, Esq.

Policy Director, Campaign for Youth Justice

Jeree Thomas is the Policy Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice where she provides research and policy support to state advocates trying to end the prosecution, sentencing, and incarceration of youth in the adult criminal justice system. Before joining the Campaign, Jeree served as a Skadden Fellow with the JustChildren Program of the Legal Aid Justice Center. She provided post-dispositional representation to youth with education, sentencing, and re-entry issues in Virginia’s youth prisons. Jeree also served as the campaign manager of the RISE (Re-invest in Supportive Environments) for Youth Campaign in Virginia, a non-partisan statewide effort to re-invest funding away from large youth prisons to community-based alternatives to incarceration. Jeree is a 2008 graduate of the College of William & Mary, where she double majored in Social Justice & Community Advocacy and Religious Studies. She is a 2011 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where she was one of five students selected for the first class of the Law & Public Service Program and was the recipient of the James Slaughter Award. In 2015, she was one of ten advocates selected for the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) Youth Justice Leadership Institute. In 2016, NJJN named Jeree the inaugural recipient of the Youth Justice Emerging Leader Award for her work on behalf of Virginia’s youth.