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From Risks to Assets: Toward a Strengths-Based Approach to Juvenile Justice Reentry into the Community.

Page, Joshua, and Shelly Schaefer.

Scholars and policymakers with an interest in the justice system have increasingly turned their attention to the movement of prisoners back into society upon completion of their sentences. The enormity of the prison population in the United States (approximately 1 in 100 adult Americans is currently behind bars), combined with the ever-growing number of ex-offenders returning to communities and extremely high recidivism rates, has fueled interest in “reentry.” Although adult reentry has received considerable scrutiny, the transition of young people out of juvenile justice facilities and into communities has not. One obvious reason for this blind spot is that the number of adults in prison dwarfs the number of juveniles in youth residential correctional facilities. Although their numbers are much smaller than those for the adult prison population, young people regularly return to communities after months or years under lock-and-key. This article reports on preliminary findings from a long-term longitudinal study, the Juvenile Justice Transitions Project, that is designed to better understand juvenile reentry. The article begins by reviewing two different approaches that probation officers can take when interacting with juvenile ex-offenders, then presents two extended case studies to demonstrate how these different approaches can affect the feelings and trajectories of ex-offenders, and concludes with policy recommendations aimed at improving the probation officer-juvenile probationer relationship.


CURA Reporter
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Minneapolis: Center for Urban and Regional Affairs, University of Minnesota.
The research upon which this article is based was supported in part by a grant from CURA’s Faculty Interactive Research Program (FIRP).
41 (1): 34-41
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