Register: Webinar About Opportunity Related to Emerging Adults in Justice
On July 26, 2022, the Emerging Adult Justice Project at Columbia University’s Justice Lab, a grantee of the Annie E. Casey Foundation, will host a webinar promoting developmentally appropriate responses from the criminal legal system to people ages 18 to 25. The webinar will preview an opportunity for jurisdictions to test and help iterate a framework focused on positive outcomes for these emerging adults.
The 60-minute webinar, The Emerging Adult Justice Project Framework, Request for Information and Selection Process, will offer more information about:
- the framework that was developed in 2021 by a steering committee of experts — researchers, practitioners, advocates and young people who were formerly justice-involved — led by Columbia University’s Justice Lab and the Annie E. Casey Foundation;
- the opportunity for government agencies — with community-based organizations and emerging adults (or people who were between 18- and 25-years-old when they themselves were involved in the justice system) — to determine how best to apply the framework to policies and practices that help older youth with justice involvement connect with positive opportunities, people and skill development; and
- the process for state, county or municipal government agencies or nonprofit community-based organizations to express interest in participating.
Why Focus on Emerging Adults
Nationally, people ages 18 to 25 are over-represented throughout the criminal legal system, have the highest recidivism rates and experience the most extreme racial and ethnic disparities, particularly in correctional facilities. Too often, the justice system fails to recognize the developmental needs of this population and treats emerging adults in almost the same manner as older, fully mature adults.
The Foundation is dedicating at least half of its investments over the next decade to improving the well-being and prospects of youth and young adults to thrive by age 25. That means not simply surviving with just enough to get by but having the chance to live full lives and realize their true potential. The Foundation’s Thrive by 25® commitment recognizes that the road to adulthood can be a challenging one for many, but emerging adults in the criminal justice system, young people of color in low-income families, youth in high-poverty communities, young parents and youth making the transition from foster care to adulthood face significant obstacles that can stall their aspirations and prospects or derail them entirely. These young people are therefore the Foundation’s focus — and more importantly, partners — for its Thrive by 25 efforts to invest in programs and advance policies to help them change the trajectory of their lives and prevent lifelong problems.
Benefits for Jurisdictions That Participate
The jurisdictions testing the framework will receive guidance from experts as the jurisdictions apply promising practices. This experimentation will put these jurisdictions at the forefront of a burgeoning field, and their input will be incorporated into the final version of the emerging adult developmental framework.
“Given that this is the first attempt at a project of this kind and scope, it is likely to be most successfully implemented in sites that are prepared to engage deeply and holistically in this type of work,” said Felipe Franco, senior fellow at the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Emerging Adult Justice Project will host an informational webinar to review the framework and Request for Interest (RFI) and answer questions about the selection process at 2–3 p.m. ET on July 26, 2022.
What: Informational Webinar About the Emerging Adult Justice Project Framework, Request for Information and Selection Process
When: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. ET, Tuesday, July 26, 2022
Panelist: Lael E. H. Chester, director, Emerging Adult Justice Project, Columbia University Justice Lab
A recording of the webinar will be posted after the event.
The developmental framework and request for interest will be available for download from the Columbia Justice Lab on July 26, 2022.