Child and Family Juvenile Justice

Evergreen Academy Middle School in McKinley Park, a neighborhood of Chicago on the Southwest Side

Less Qualified and Less Diverse: Race-Neutral Affirmative Action Hurts Chicago’s Exam Schools

Selective admissions high schools, or exam schools, have long been at the center of education policy debates due to their struggles...

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Live Fast, Die Young, Defend Your Status: The Code of Retaliation

A harsh childhood can lead to a life strategy that condones violence in response to status threats. An economic game shows that such a worldview is linked to heightened envy in unfair situations.

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Another Path: Can school-based gang prevention programs show youth a way out?

An evaluation of the G.R.E.A.T. program, implemented as a school-based response to gang activity among youths, finds that students enrolled in the program are less likely than their peers to join gangs or have negative attitudes towards the police.

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Editor’s Note: Opportunity and Need in the Juvenile Justice System

We take a look back at the articles from our Child and Family Special Series on Juvenile Justice and the powerful, lasting consequences for the youth involved.

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Consequences of Juvenile Arrests on Education: How Law and Educational Policies Hurt More than Help

Adolescents who are arrested are more likely to drop out of high school and to fail to enroll in a four-year college.

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Are We Reaching Young Women Most at Need in the Juvenile Justice System?

Why is the rate of juvenile delinquency falling less slowly for females than for males? The key may lie in understanding the diversity in the population?

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Discipline and Punishment: How School Suspensions Impact the Likelihood of Juvenile Arrest

A new study links students’ suspension or expulsion from school to a more than doubled likelihood of arrest.

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Confronting an Unseen Problem: Abuse and Its Long-Term Effects on Incarcerated Juveniles

A new study suggests widespread abuses in detention facilities for juveniles are associated with a host of negative long-term effects, from post-traumatic stress to criminal involvement.

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Support Children of Incarcerated Parents by Supporting Their Caregivers

A group support program for caregivers of children with incarcerated parents resulted in positive impacts for caregivers’ depressive symptoms and family outcomes.