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Emerging Best Practices for the Management and Treatment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Questioning, and Intersex Youth in Juvenile Justice Settings

A new report from The Fenway Institute and the Center for Prisoner Health and Human Rights identifies best practices in the management of lesbian, bisexual, gay, transgender, questioning, and intersex (LGBTQI) youth in juvenile justice settings. The report notes that LGBT youth are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system, especially lesbian and bisexual girls and youth of color. It also notes that LGBT youth are disproportionately vulnerable to sexual victimization while in custody. The report calls on juvenile justice professionals, lawmakers, and advocates to reduce and prevent youth involvement in the criminal justice system, and to take steps to improve the safety and well-being of those who are incarcerated.

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