Youth Publications

Justice Center Publications

The Second Chance Act: Juvenile Reentry (Fact Sheet)

The Second Chance Act: Juvenile Reentry (Fact Sheet)

Recent efforts among state and local leaders to reduce the number of youth who are incarcerated have yielded impressive results: the national juvenile incarceration rate has been cut in half over the past decade. Yet state policymakers, practitioners, and advocates alike recognize that reforming the juvenile justice system requires more than incarcerating fewer youth.

Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Young Adults in the Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems

Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Young Adults in the Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems

This brief is designed to help state and local officials better support young adults in the justice system. It identifies these young adults’ distinct needs, summaries the limited research available on what works to address these needs, and provides recommendations for steps that policymakers, juvenile and adult criminal justice agency leaders, researchers, and the field can take to improve outcomes.

Infographic Series: Improving Outcomes for Youth

Infographic Series: Improving Outcomes for Youth

This infographics series detail three critical challenges faced by states to improve outcomes for youth, identify the key questions that policymakers should ask, and offer strategies for protecting public safety and using resources more efficiently.

LOCKED OUT: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth

LOCKED OUT: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth

To understand the extent to which states provide incarcerated youth with access to educational and vocational services; track and use student outcome data, and support school reenrollment for these youth, the CSG Justice Center and the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators surveyed juvenile correctional agencies in all 50 states.

Measuring Juvenile Recidivism

Measuring Juvenile Recidivism

This issue brief highlights the key findings of the survey and provides state and local policymakers with five recommendations for improving their approach to the measurement, analysis, collection, reporting, and use of recidivism data for youth involved with the juvenile justice system.

External Publications

The Continuing Need to Rethink Discipline

The Continuing Need to Rethink Discipline

This report from the White House includes updates about projects launched and local progress made in response to the Administration’s Rethink Discipline efforts. Rethink Discipline was launched as part of President Barack Obama’s My Brothers’ Keeper initiative and aims to support all students and promote a welcome and safe climate in schools.

Dangerous Discipline: How Texas Schools Are Relying on Law Enforcement, Courts, and Juvenile Probation to Discipline Students

Dangerous Discipline: How Texas Schools Are Relying on Law Enforcement, Courts, and Juvenile Probation to Discipline Students

This report contextualizes the use of police and court interventions in schools within the larger world of criminal justice practices and reforms, highlights the improvements and enduring dangers of an overly punitive school discipline system, and provides analysis of data on arrests, court referrals, use of force incidents, school climate, and juvenile probation referrals directly from schools that impact Texas students.

State and Federal Policy: Incarcerated Youth

State and Federal Policy: Incarcerated Youth

This policy analysis, by the Education Commission of the States, provides descriptive information about incarcerated youth populations, explores their educational challenges, reviews currently enacted state and federal policies designed to address their needs, and provides policy considerations for state governments.

Model Indian Juvenile Code

Model Indian Juvenile Code

The 2016 Model Indian Juvenile Code helps federally recognized tribes create or enhance their own codes to focus on juvenile issues, specifically alcohol- and/or drug-related offenses.

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

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

This brief reviews research on education for youth involved in the system, details recent efforts to improve education outcomes for the population, and highlights 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.