Education and Interagency Collaboration: A Lifeline for Justice-Involved Youth

CJJROn any given day, more than 54,000 juveniles who have committed crimes are held in residential placement facilities, and about one-third of these youth are identified as needing special-education support. While many studies have indicated that schooling provides a reliable pathway for youth involved with the juvenile justice system to become healthy, productive members of their communities, these youth often do not have access to the same high-quality educational opportunities as their counterparts outside of the justice system and tend to struggle in academic settings. This issue brief from the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University reviews research on education for youth involved with the justice system, details recent efforts to improve education outcomes for this population, and highlights the Washington Education Advocate Program, a school-based transition program that focuses on bridging the education achievement gap for youth involved in the juvenile justice system in the state of Washington.