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Adults Struggle with Positive Outcomes Years After Juvenile Detention, Study Finds

Children who have been admitted to a juvenile detention center often struggle with a range of issues years after being detained, according to results from a study published in JAMA Pediatrics.


“Poor Brain Health” Predicts Future Social Costs, Study Says

A small group of children with what researchers call “poor brain health” ended up accounting for a huge portion of social costs as adults, according to a new study from New Zealand.


Report Rates Child Well-Being in California Counties

A new report from Children Now details wide disparities in children’s well-being across California’s 58 counties. The 2016–2017 California County Scorecard of Children’s Well-Being looks at a series of indicators organized around the three domains of child welfare and economic well-being; health; and education.


Report: How the Broken Criminal Justice System Fails LGBTQ Youth

A report released by the Center for American Progress and the Movement Advancement Project explores the profiling, bias and maltreatment of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) youth in the juvenile-justice system.


Report Examines High Costs of Juvenile Court Fees

In the aftermath of Ferguson, media scrutinized the disproportionate impact of court costs and fines on low-income residents and how the financial burden posed by these penalties often led to deeper involvement in the justice system.


Rates of Arrest for Youth and Young Adults in California Continue Downward Trend

According to new analysis of state data by a Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ) researcher, rates of arrest for California youth and young adults declined again in 2015, continuing a steady decline over the past several decades.


    Nontraditional Trauma Therapies for Youth: A Review and Synthesis

    A new white paper from Upbring, a Texas-based social services provider, explores whether four nontraditional therapies can be effective in treating trauma experienced by children. According to the authors, eye-movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), animal-assisted therapies (AAT), creative-arts therapies (CAT), and movement-focused therapies (MFT) have often been utilized by clinicians to help children deal with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety and other trauma-related issues.