On April 19, 2016, Booker Geez resigned from his position as a Juvenile Counselor for the New York City Department of Youth and Family Services. It was then that he wrote and published his first book titled "Locked Up and Put Away, My 10 years as a Juvenile Counselor". It was also then that he realized that there was more work to do. He witnessed first-hand the damage the Juvenile Justice System does to all children, but especially Black and Latino children. The institutional nature and the ghetto mindset that exists in these facilities is what destroys every child who spends time in juvenile detention. It prepares them for a life of criminal behavior. They aren't rehabilitated. They're exposed to a toxic culture involving peer pressure, gang activity, bullying and punishment. The school-to-prison pipeline must stop. How do we stop it? Enter LUPA Justice, a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to mentor the youth and empower the community to end youth incarceration. LUPA is the acronym for the book "Locked Up and Put Away" by Booker Geez. Established in 2019, LUPA Justice was created by Booker Geez and his childhood friend Myoshi Maul. Myoshi is an Organizational Development Consultant and Humanitarian for children's rights who specializes in Behavioral Science. Together with their team of experts they intend to educate parents and children on the toxic culture that is juvenile detention in America.
Lupa Justice will empower communities to raise at risk youth in a country without juvenile detention facilities. We will provide mentorship, guidance and services for parents of at-risk youth to support these children’s efforts to be overachievers in life. We aim to partner with adjacent agencies and nonprofit organizations to support their efforts to remove the school-to-prison pipeline across America. Our target is elementary schools and community based organizations that cater to youth in inner cities. With the support team we have Lupa Justice will change the mindset of young men and women nationwide with workshops that focus on the needs of these individuals.
We will get it done.