OUR Youth Justice WORK FOCUSES ON

FAIR, EFFECTIVE, AND SAFE SCHOOL PRACTICES

All schools should provide staff with training on effective school discipline strategies, work to eliminate opportunities for bias in school discipline, and connect students with supports to make good choices and avoid involvement in the justice system.

YOUTH JUSTICE REFORMS

To continue improving the juvenile justice system and community safety in Texas, we must prioritize effective delinquency prevention and diversion programs; reduce recidivism by locking up fewer kids and providing appropriate rehabilitative services; protect the safety of youth in the system; and ensure youth are held accountable for mistakes in a way that doesn’t limit employment and other opportunities in adulthood.   

ADDRESSING THE INTERSECTION OF YOUTH JUSTICE AND OTHER ISSUES

Supporting children and families through appropriate mental health services, Child Protective Services programs, and other efforts are key to helping youth either avoid the juvenile justice system or succeed if they enter it.

Our Latest on Youth Justice

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Additional Resources

Our 2015 legislative recap for juvenile justice policy

Our report on raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 17

Our op-ed on keeping more youth closer to home

Our work on Youth Justice is led by: Lauren Rose Director of Youth Justice Policy lrose@txchildren.org @LRoseTx

Our work on Youth Justice is led by:

Lauren Rose
Director of Youth Justice Policy
lrose@txchildren.org
@LRoseTx

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