Youth Probation Experiences and Solutions

Posted February 15, 2024
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion host­ed a free webi­nar on what is and isn’t work­ing in youth pro­ba­tion accord­ing to young peo­ple and fam­i­lies who have expe­ri­enced it. The one-hour ses­sion is geared toward youth jus­tice prac­ti­tion­ers, advo­cates and pol­i­cy mak­ers and will deliv­er find­ings and rec­om­men­da­tions from the Pro­ba­tion Expe­ri­ence Project.

Atten­dees learned about the expe­ri­ences of young peo­ple on pro­ba­tion and their fam­i­lies. Too often, these per­spec­tives are over­looked dur­ing dis­cus­sions of trans­form­ing youth pro­ba­tion pol­i­cy and prac­tice. The webi­nar addressed:

  • gaps between actu­al expe­ri­ence and best prac­tices; and
  • solu­tions to help trans­form pro­ba­tion for young people.

The Pro­ba­tion Expe­ri­ence Project is an effort of Child Trends, the Casey Foun­da­tion and com­mu­ni­ty-based orga­ni­za­tions in six states. The local orga­ni­za­tions hired young peo­ple with pro­ba­tion expe­ri­ence to con­duct 22 focus groups and sur­vey more than 100 young peo­ple and fam­i­lies who have expe­ri­enced probation.


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