Science of adolescent development continues to inform juvenile justice system

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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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    While the report is exhaustive, it was disappointing to find that there was nothing in there about the adverse affects of substance abuse on the adolescent brain. Given the focus on the developing brain, I am not sure why this was not addressed.
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    Thank you for researching and applying recommendations on this topic. I have long thought that jail is the default mental health system for our youth who did not receive services. It makes me scared for my own child with autism and mental health issues. I have long wanted to participate in and see this types of research.
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