Science of Adolescent Development Continues to Inform Juvenile Justice System

Over the past decade, state and local jurisdictions have been actively developing strategies to reduce both recidivism and spending in their juvenile justice systems. Many also seek to ensure that every youth who comes in contact with the system is met with procedural fairness at every stage of the justice system. To help accomplish these goals, juvenile justice leaders are examining and applying research and recommendations outlined in Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach, a seminal report released by National Research Council in 2012. This report provides an extensive review of decades of research on juvenile justice programs and practices.
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Liz is a Policy Analyst in the National Division's Reentry program. Prior to joining the Justice Center, Elizabeth worked directly with disconnected youth at FEGS-Health and Human Services System in New York City, serving as Coordinator for its Education and Youth Services Division. In this role, she developed paid internships for youth, trained and supported employers in their roles as internship mentors, and provided career counseling and training for the interns themselves. Most recently, Elizabeth served as Program Manager at YouthBuild Boston (YBB) in Roxbury, Massachusetts, where her primary role at YBB was managing Civic Justice Corps, a reentry program funded by the U.S. Department of Labor that focuses on positive education, employment, and life outcomes for juvenile justice-involved youth. Elizabeth collaborated with probation departments, schools, courts, and various social service agencies to build and develop a cross-systems approach to Civic Justice Corps. Liz holds a B.A in Psychology from Kenyon College and a M.S. in Program Management and Administration from Columbia University School of Social Work.

Updated: December 09 2013