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Across the country dedicated organizations and agencies are working to implement genderaffirming
and trauma-informed reforms in the juvenile justice system. These resources highlight
some of the latest publications and toolkits documenting these efforts.

Girls and Violence: Tracing the Roots of Criminal Behavior

Seeking to better understand the processes that push teenage girls to acts of criminal violence, Judith Ryder explores the relationship between disrupted emotional bonds and violent delinquency. Ryder draws on intimate interviews to show how teenage girls navigate experiences of abuse, emotional loss, and parental abandonment, revealing how their violent acts become a means of…

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Inspection Report: Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus

Disability Rights California (DRC), the designated federal Protection and Advocacy System for individuals with disabilities in the state of California, conducted a monitoring inspection of the Fresno County Juvenile Justice Campus (JJC) to exercise it’s authority of eliminating abuse and neglect and improving quality of care provided to Californians with disabilities in public and private…

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K-12 EDUCATION: Discipline Disparities for Black Students, Boys, and Students with Disabilities

The Government Accoutnability Office was asked to review the use of discipline in public schools. They interviewed federal and state officials, as well as officials in 5 school districts from 5 states. Their report examines the schools’ disciplinary actions, challenges of student behaviors and how they approached school discipline and the actions of Education and…

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Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Data for Stanislaus County, CA

Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE) Data for Stanislaus County, CA report highlights the county’s efforts to reduce racial/ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system while considering the way that race intersects with sexual orientation, gender identify, and gender expression (SOGIE) among system-involved youth.

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Suicidality and Other Health Risk Behaviors Among Female Youth in Juvenile Detention

Suicidality and Other Health Risk Behaviors Among Female Youth in Juvenile Detention, an article published in Social Work In Public Health, is a study that investigates suicidality and health-risk behaviors among female juvenile detainees and identifies the extent to which suicidal behaviors are correlated with other risky activities.

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Conducting Youth Participatory Action Research Through a Healing-Informed Approach with System-Involved Latinas

The National Compadres Network (NCN) developed a project responding to the disparities in the juvenile justice system faced by Latina girls. Through this project, the NCN used a healing-informed curriculum (Xinachtli) and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) to engage Latina system-involved girls as equal partners to inform detention alternatives and reform. This paper, published in…

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Homeless and Runaway Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

As part of the Collaborating for Change: Addressing Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice Project, the National Network for Youth has written this brief to document how runaway and homeless youth programs and juvenile justice systems are collaborating to jointly serve youth. The information presented here was collected in a survey of 38 Runaway and Homeless…

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Conducting Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) Through a Healing-Informed Approach with System-Involved Latinas

In 2015, the National Compadres Network (NCN), with over 30 years of work embedded in the Chicano/Latino and Indigenous communities in California, developed a project to respond to the disparities in the juvenile justice system faced by Latina girls. Through this project, the NCN used a healing-informed curriculum (Xinachtli) and Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR)…

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Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America

Missed Opportunities: Pregnant and Parenting Youth Experiencing Homelessness in America details the unique challenges faced by young people experiencing homelessness who are pregnant or parenting. Our findings suggest that many of the nearly 4.2 million adolescents and young adults in America who experience some type of homelessness during a 12-month period are pregnant or young parents. Many…

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