October 21, 2016
Publication:
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University

The Executive Session on Community Corrections released the second paper in the New Thinking in Community Corrections series, entitled "The Future of Youth Justice: A Community-Based Alternative to the Youth Prison Model." In this new report co-authored by Patrick McCarthy, Executive Session member Vincent Schiraldi, and Miriam Shark, the authors note that the youth prison model is fraught with high costs, poor outcomes, and endemic abuse, and has historically been resistant to reform. Further, the negative impacts of being incarcerated in youth prisons are not evenly distributed, but rather show unwarranted disparities for youth of color.

The Executive Session on Community Corrections is a project of the National Institute of Justice (NIJ), the United States Department of Justice (USDOJ), the Malcolm Wiener Center, and the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS).

Read the full report.

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