Juvenile Justice

Child Trends conducts research to inform the development and implementation of policies, practices, and programs in the juvenile justice system that can increase public safety, support positive youth development, and enhance racial and ethnic equity. To support states in their implementation of research-based reforms, we work closely with practitioners and policymakers to translate research and evaluation findings into practical guidance. Additionally, we prioritize meaningful engagement of youth and their families in the research process. Our topics of expertise include violence and delinquency prevention, the school-to-prison pipeline, community-based programs and alternatives to incarceration, restorative justice, recidivism reduction, risk and needs assessments, and reentry.
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