It Takes a Village: Diversion Resources for Police and Families

Vera new logoPolice frequently encounter youth running away from home, violating curfew, skipping school, and chronically disobeying adults—behaviors that can often stem from family conflict and that do not require justice involvement. When alternatives are not available, however, these behaviors can lead to arrests or detention. This brief from the Vera Institute of Justice explores the creative, collaborative, and community-focused work being done in Nevada, Connecticut, Nebraska, Michigan, Illinois, and Oregon to find productive responses to youth “acting out.” The juvenile assessment resource centers, crisis response centers, and crisis intervention teams in these jurisdictions address the needs of youth and connect families to resources and services without the need for juvenile justice involvement.