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Mentoring Youth and Young Adults During Reentry from Confinement (2016)

This review examines research findings related to mentoring youth and young adults who are reentering their communities after confinement by the justice system.

Environmental Scan of Developmentally Appropriate Criminal Justice Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adults (2016)

This environmental scan sought to identify those programs addressing the developmental needs of young adults involved in the criminal justice system. Included in the scan is legislation with provisions sensitive to the developmental level and maturation of justice-involved young adults (p.

Youth Incarceration in the United States, Explained (2017)

Legal distinctions related to age provide a unique hurdle for young people in the penal system, who face restrictive rights based on their age in a country that benefits from profit through imprisonment.

Emerging Adults: A Distinct Population that Calls for an Age-Appropriate Approach by the Justice System (2017)

The brief defines emerging adults as the group of individuals transitioning from childhood to adulthood that, despite facing the worst criminal justice outcomes and recidivism rates, signify a critical opportunity for criminal justice intervention via evidence-informed policies and programming th

Using What We Know About Young Adults to Inform State Justice System Policies (2017)

With the advancement of research showing how young adults [18-24] are developmentally different from youth and older adults, state leaders are introducing policies and practices intended to tailor approaches that can improve outcomes for this population and increase public safety (p. 491).

Youth Residing in Juvenile Detention, Correctional and/or Residential Facilities by Race and Hispanic Origin (2017)

Although the United States still leads the industrialized world in the rate at which it locks up young people, the youth confinement rate in the US is rapidly declining. This table shows rates of confined youth by ethnicity per state.

Youth Residing in Juvenile Detention, Correctional and/or Residential Facilities (2017)

Although the United States still leads the industrialized world in the rate at which it locks up young people, the youth confinement rate in the US is rapidly declining.  This table shows rates of confined youth per state.

Youthful Offenders in the Federal System (2017)

Although youthful offenders account for about 18 percent of all federal offenders sentenced between fiscal years 2010 and 2015, there is little current information published about them.

Programs and Legislation Targeting Justice-Involved Young Adults (2016)

This website provides access to the report and webinar, both entitled, "Environmental Scan of Criminal Justice Responses to Justice-Involved Young Adult".

Dos and Don’ts for Reducing Recidivism Among Young Adults in the Justice System (2017)

This resource presents a concrete list of dos and don’ts that policymakers and justice system leaders can use to guide policy and practice changes focused on young adults in the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems.

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