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Reducing Youth Confinement: a Policy Platform
Despite significant reductions in the total number of incarcerated youth in the U.S. over the past decade, there remain alarming racial disparities for youth in lockup. Furthermore, simply diverting youth from facilities is not enough--young people must have access to the resources and support they need to thrive.
NJJN's new policy platform, "Reducing Youth Confinement," lays out pathways to reduce the number of youth in confinement for all youth, while reducing justice system costs, increasing community investments, treating youth equitably, holding systems accountable, and increasing community safety.
Photo credit: Javier Sánchez Salcedo.
NJJN’s online library includes a wealth of resources on a variety of juvenile justice issues and from numerous sources. Use the library to search for the latest research, relevant news articles, targeted reports, positive court decisions, and model legislation. The library also includes items published by NJJN.
Children in far too many states are forced to appear in court shackled -- often wearing handcuffs, leg irons, and belly chains connecting ankle and hand restraints. This policy update revieews strategies to end indiscriminate shackling of youth in court developed with the support of Models for Change. (Photo by Victor Keegan: http://bit.ly/1uGjF6P.) HTML version here: http://bit.ly/1taMkBi Read More