Report

If advocates are to engage the public as allies in juvenile justice reform, they must promote a new narrative that is sufficiently coherent and persuasive to dislodge current thinking and reshape dominant understandings about the juvenile justice system. In this report, the FrameWorks Institute describes how this can be accomplished by explaining both adolescent development and the justice system in more accessible, more compelling terms. An accompanying communications toolkit — Shifting Gears on Juvenile Justice — explains how to implement the reframing recommendations using examples from the juvenile justice field.

June 30, 2016

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How the South managed to turn its historic economic liabilities into selling points.

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    How communications may be redirected to improve public understanding of juvenile justice reform.

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    How to deepen the public’s appreciation for healthy child and adolescent development.

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    How to help the public recognize how structural reforms can offer youth justice and a path to a more hopeful future.

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    How to advance laws and policies mandating more developmentally appropriate treatment of court-involved youth.

Key Takeaway

Strategic Framing Offers Evidence-Based Tools for Effective Communications

Begin communications by reminding people of the practical goals that a justice system should serve for society: prevent crimes, protect society from criminal society and successfully rehabilitate people back into society so that they can make a better contribution. Underscore that systems require oversight and periodic reform to make sure they are meeting their societal goals. Remind the public that these systems are created by us, for us and that they can and should be re-examined and remodeled to do better.

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