Reports and Resources
There is a growing body of information and research about the negative impacts of youth being tried as adults. Here are links to some key reports.
Two new reports from the Justice Policy Institute show that removing young people who have broken the law from their homes and communitities, and incarcerating them in locked facilities is no longer the status quo in five states:
- Common Ground: Lessons learned from five states that reduced juvenile confinement by more than half
- Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Publis Safety and Outcomes for Youth
A chapter of PSJ's comprehensive study of the impact of Measure 11 on Oregon's youth.
Effects on Violence of Laws and Policies Facilitating the Transfer of Juveniles from the Juvenile Justice System to the Adult Justice System
- Center for Disease Control study found that youth who are tried as adults are more likely to commit future violent crimes.
Juvenile Transfer Laws: An Effective Deterrent to Delinquency?
- Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention report also found that youth are more like to recidivate and that transfer policies do not appear to have any deterrent effect on crime.
The Campaign for Youth Justice has written several reports that are filled with great information.
- Jailing Juveniles: The Dangers of Incarceration Youth in Adult Jails in America
- The Consequences Aren’t Minor: The Impact of Trying Youth as Adults and Strategies for Reform
For a complete list and links to all of the Campaign's reports go to Campaign for Youth Justice research.
Healing Invisible Wounds: Why Investing in Trauma-Informed Care for Youth Makes Sense
- A Justice Policy institute article discusses the link between childhood trauma, incarceration, and recidivism, and what we can can do about it.
More on critical youth justice issues:
Youth & Incarceration
Youth Incarceration in the United States - infogram
Youth on the Registry
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