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August 18, 2017

Navigating the Path to a Successful Career: New Juvenile Law Center Report Addresses Barriers for Youth in Foster Care and the Juvenile Justice System

posted by Karen U. Lindell, Staff Attorney

As summer comes to a close, many teens around the country are wrapping up one of the first steps in their “career pathway”: a summer job. These short-term positions are not just a pastime; research shows that summer employment reduces dropout rates, improves long-term employment prospects, and decreases the chance of future involvement in the criminal justice system.

In a new report funded by the Lenfest Foundation, Juvenile Law Center takes a focused look at the barriers to career pathways that system-involved youth encounter. Based on an in-depth needs assessment of the Philadelphia community, the report offers five strategies to improve access to career-focused programs and early work experiences for youth in the child welfare or juvenile justice system.

Tags:Access to Education|Ban the Box|Child Welfare and Foster Care|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Second Chances|Transitions to Adulthood (Foster Care)
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June 14, 2017

For Philadelphia Youth: Online Guide for Juvenile Record Expungement

posted by Whiquitta Tobar, Zubrow Fellow

A middle school fight can last forever. Years after the school calls the police and the adolescent goes to court, the record of the incident can continue to affect a young person’s ability to find gainful employment, qualify for college loans, secure housing, or generally move on from the worst moment in her young life. For so many youth, this is their story.

Tags:Access to Education|Community and School Reentry|Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances
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October 07, 2016

Juveniles for Justice alum featured in mini-documentary on zero tolerance policies

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Jeremy Hudson is a alumnae of our Juveniles for Justice youth engagement program. As a youth advocate in Juveniles for Justice, Jeremy worked on improving case planning for court-involved youth in Philadelphia. Below, Jeremy describes his experience as a youth advocate.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|School to Prison Pipeline|Second Chances|Youth Engagement Programs
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July 29, 2016

Delaware Passes Four Progressive Juvenile Justice Laws

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Delaware's Office of Defense Services, along with a coalition of criminal justice groups, helped pass several pieces of important juvenile justice legislation in 2016.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Juvenile Records Expungement|Second Chances|State and Federal Legislation
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June 02, 2016

Americans want opportunity, not punishment for youth

posted by Juvenile Law Center

Youth First Initiative's recent national public opinion poll shows that most Americans overwhelmingly favor shifting the focus of the juvenile justice system from punishment and incarceration to prevention and rehabilitation. Juvenile Law Center is a national partner with Youth First, and their national poll results align with what we know does – and doesn’t – work when it comes to how we treat youth in the juvenile justice system.

Tags:Juvenile and Criminal Justice|Reducing Length of Stay|Second Chances
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