Register: Webinar About Opportunity Related to Emerging Adults in Justice

Posted July 19, 2022, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Two young adults of color. One in a gray tee shirt and another in a black tanktop and wearing yellow headphones around his neck.

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.

Learn­ing More

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 23 p.m. ET on July 262022.


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 262022

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 262022.

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