Lauren Fine currently serves as a Stoneleigh Visiting Fellow in partnership with the Quattrone Center for the Fair Administration of Justice at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School. In this role, she will build will for alternative approaches to current youth and criminal justice practices by identifying and documenting community-based alternatives to carceral systems. An expanded roster of community-based programs and services will provide prosecutors, probation officers, and judges with alternatives that can improve outcomes for justice-involved young people. She will also make the fiscal case for why Philadelphia should invest in people, systems, and structures that prioritize care over control for young people. Finally, Lauren will provide an advisory role to the Foundation, offering strategic guidance to staff and mentorship to Stoneleigh’s network of current and former Fellows.
Lauren is a nationally recognized leader in youth justice reform and the Co-Founder and immediate past Co-Director of the Youth Sentencing & Reentry Project (YSRP), which works to keep children out of adult jails and prisons and walks alongside young people and “Juvenile Lifers” as they return to the community. Previously, she served as a Zubrow Fellow in Children’s Law at Juvenile Law Center, where she worked to end juvenile life without parole and to limit the collateral consequences of juvenile adjudications. Immediately after law school, Lauren clerked for Judge David R. Strawbridge in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Lauren holds a bachelor’s degree in history and international studies from Yale University and a JD from Duke University School of Law.