"Over 75% of youth in the juvenile justice system have been exposed to some form of trauma," says Christa Collins of the Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ). This can affect their ability to handle stress and to make decisions.
In the video below, Christa explains what a trauma-informed approach to juvenile justice is and how it can decrease costs while improving safety.
Interested in learning more about trauma and the juvenile justice system? These resources are a good place to start:
- Safe Start Center's Trauma Informed Care Tip Sheet Series
- Blog post: The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study -- the Largest Public Health Study You Never Heard Of
- Blog post: Stop the Trauma. Start the Healing: A Latino Health Context
- Blog post: PODCAST: Early Trauma, Teen Aggression and the Juvenile Justice System
- Blog post: Punishment vs. Rehabilitation and the Effects of Trauma on High-Risk Youth
- Blog post: JMATE 2012: Bad Kids or Hurt Kids? The Compelling Need for a Trauma Informed Juvenile Justice System
Liz Wu is a Digital Accounts Manager at Prichard Communications, where she oversees digital outreach for Reclaiming Futures and edits Reclaiming Futures Every Day. Before joining the Prichard team, Liz established the West Coast communications presence for the New America Foundation, where she managed all media relations, event planning and social media outreach for their 6 domestic policy programs. Liz received a B.A. in both Peace and Conflict Studies and German from the University of California at Berkeley. She tweets from @LizSF.
Updated: February 08 2018