Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons provides an overview of how communities can establish a community response system to meet the needs of young adults that are at risk or involved in the juvenile justice system. The reported highlights that current criminal justice institutions may provide some services, but it does not offer youth the care they need to live successful lives and places youth at risk of future involvement in the criminal justice system. The authors advocate for transforming current approach to youth incarceration by strengthening communities’ response, capacity, and resources.
The report highlights seven guiding principles and eleven core components communities can consider as they are developing a community-based continuum of care for justice-involved youth.
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