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Improving Transition Outcomes for Youth Involved in Juvenile Justice System

March 16, 2010 Publication

Research and practice suggest that long-term success in helping youth involved in the juvenile justice system, including those with disabilities, prepare for economic self-sufficiency is possible when strategies are used that address the developmental needs of these youth: a solid academic foundation, life skills, and good workplace attitudes and attributes. By addressing the specific developmental needs of this population, caring adults (e.g., policymakers, program administrators, judges, court personnel, secure care staff, corrections professionals, youth service professionals, parents, family members) can substantially increase the likelihood that former youth offenders, with and without disabilities, will complete their education, become employed, and ultimately become productive members of society.

This brief provides an overview of the Juvenile Justice Guideposts and other resources for youth professionals working to improve outcomes for justice involved youth.

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