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.
As more than 150 leaders from child advocacy organizations from across the United States kicked off a recent two-day retreat in Atlanta, social justice activist Rev. William Barber reminded the group that addressing racial inequities in child well-being is a universal imperative.
In Cleveland, researchers used combined data to connect housing-related risk factors with reduced kindergarten readiness. City workers and community organizations then turned to the same tool — shared data — to help implement solutions.
A growing body of research champions developmentally appropriate strategies for supporting young people who have crossed paths with the juvenile justice system. Instead of promoting surveillance, punishment and intensive sanctions like detention, the latest research supports strategies rooted in patience, encouragement and positive youth development.
Young people who grow up in low-income households often face steep challenges on the road to adulthood. But three factors — a postsecondary degree, early labor market experience and work-based learning opportunities that include positive relationships with adults — can improve their future success, according to a new report funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Detention is a pivotal decision point in the juvenile justice process. Even a short turn in confinement can have an outsized influence on court outcomes, and it can also mean profound and potentially lifelong negative consequences for the young people involved, according to research.