Beyond Bars

Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons

Posted January 8, 2017
By the National Collaboration for Youth
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This report provides a clear blueprint for closing youth prisons and replacing them with community-based juvenile justice services. Readers will learn how this new system can hold youth accountable — without resorting to incarceration — while cultivating a young person’s strengths, interests and sense of belonging. 

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Key Takeaway

The youth prison model? It’s past its expiration date

By incarcerating young people, we knowingly place them in harm’s way. We expose them to situations that feel — and are — unsafe. We socially isolate them, severing their ties with family, school and community. Yet, this harmful, ineffective and expensive approach is still in play across America today. The good news: We know there’s a better way. Strong communities can keep the public safe, hold youth accountable, and restore a sense of belonging for justice-involved families.