Why We Use The Term ‘Emerging Adults’


New Responses Emerge on 18- to 25-Year Olds Who Commit Crimes

The field of emerging adult justice is new in the U.S. but the research that informs this field is well-established, write the authors.

One Letter to a Teacher Helps Formerly Jailed Kids Stay on Track


One Letter to a Teacher Helps Formerly Jailed Kids Stay on Track

New research out of Stanford proposes a practice for better classroom relations between kids who have been jailed and their teachers.

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Study: Juvenile Incarceration Produces Mixed Results on Recidivism, Graduation Rates

Madera County Juvenile Detention Center. Photo courtesy of Madera County Probation
Harsh sentences for juvenile crimes don’t make it less likely that a person will be convicted of a violent crime when they grow into adults, according to a new study in which academic economists looked at data from Louisiana. 

California's youth prisons like the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility will close, leaving plans to house incarcerated youth to counties.


California Legislature and Governor Reach Agreement to Close Youth Prison System

A locked unit at the Ventura Youth Correctional Facility. Photo courtesy of the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice.
Over the objections of county governments and local probation agencies, the California Legislature has reached an agreement with Gov.

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Cell block in juvenile hall


A Complete Breakdown of America’s New Juvenile Justice Law

At long last, federal law on a key juvenile justice policy has been dusted off. On December 21, the day the government shut down, President Trump signed into law the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2018, an update to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which was passed in 1974.


Report: Plan to Expand California Youth Prisons Needs Tinkering

A report by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office raised some doubts about Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to see more older youth and young adults served in the state youth prison system administered by the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).


    Putting An End to Recidivism Among Former Foster Youth in the Justice System

    Former foster youth too often fall into societal traps, our criminal justice system being a menacing offender. The system provides an inherent risk to anyone yet it is especially detrimental for former foster youth, against whom the odds are already debilitating.


    Florida’s New Predictive Risk Tool Likely to Drive Down Juvenile Incarceration

    The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is set to become the first state agency to conduct risk assessments using predictive analytics, a process that uses huge collections of data to predict outcomes and patterns.


    The Business of Positive Youth Justice: Measuring Success

    Last week, our Positive Youth Justice series explored the use of positive youth development (PYD) in re-entry work at Waterside Workshops. The small nonprofit by the San Francisco Bay uses boatbuilding and a bike shop as the starting point of a personal relationship between the staff and youth.