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Recipe for Reform School -- Why Some Kids and Teens in the Child Welfare System End Up in the Juvenile Justice System

Published Oct 1, 2012, National Juvenile Justice Network

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We have known for a long time that many youth in the juvenile justice system have "crossed over" from the child welfare system. But new research funded and synthesized by Models for Change in a 2011 Knowledge Brief shows that not all youth in the child welfare system are equally likely to cross over. It reveals that youth placed in out-of-home care by the child welfare system for behavioral issues are much more likely to end up the justice system than youth put into out-of-home care for maltreatment.

This policy update from the National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN) has the details — and recommendations for change and future research. Useful for advocates and juvenile justice practitioners seeking an authoritative brief suitable for sharing with policymakers, community members, and their own networks.

Click here to see all of NJJN's Models for Change-related publications.

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