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The Minnesota Juvenile Justice Transitions Project

This study analyzed the transition of young offenders from Minnesota juvenile justice institutions into their communities. Whereas existing research on juvenile reentry concentrates on offenders' post-incarceration experiences, this longitudinal study examined the pre-incarceration, incarceration, and post-incarceration experiences of juveniles. Joshua Page (Department of Sociology) conducted interviews with 50 young offenders—once shortly before they left juvenile justice facilities and three times after their release. In addition to advancing knowledge about the struggles former offenders face as they leave correctional institutions, this study pinpoints opportunities and community services that can help them achieve their post-incarceration aspirations. In collaboration with governmental agencies and community organizations committed to reducing crime and assisting young lawbreakers, Page employed the study's findings to formulate policies that help former juvenile offenders transition to adulthood as productive members of their communities.

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