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.
“Growing up, my dream was to be a vet,” recalls Jabari. “As I got older, life happened. There were trials and tribulations, and I got off track from that dream. Learn how an evidence-based program helped this young man pivot and reach his potential.
This summer, thanks to a program supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, students from Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Florida interned with national juvenile justice policy and advocacy organizations. All five students who completed the program worked on the frontlines — and on the national stage — in the fields of juvenile justice advocacy and reform.
This JDAI practice guide offers practical steps that all juvenile justice systems can take to implement case processing reforms as a means for safely and equitably reducing the use of juvenile detention.