Juvenile Justice System: New Research and Resources from National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Friday, February 15, 2019
New Research and Resources from NCHYF, Issue #9
February 11, 2019
Focus on Youth Homelessness and Juvenile Justice System Intersection
Current research has established the concurrence of youth homelessness and juvenile justice system involvement. Based on data from the Chapin Hall Voices of Youth Count, 46% of the youth who experienced homelessness had also been in a juvenile detention facility, jail, or prison compared with only 15% of the general population.*
Free Juvenile Justice Resources
The following resources provide information about juvenile justice issues related to runaway and homeless youth. Look for the availability information on the item's Research Summary** and paste the URL into your browser.
• Achieving Cross-System Collaboration to Support Young People in the Transition Years: A Tip Sheet for Service Providers (2016). This guide provides suggestions to improve services for youth across different agencies and domains by developing system-level collaboration while engaging young people in the process.
• Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Serving LGBTQ Youth (2018). Given the disproportionate percentage of homeless, system-involved youth who are LGBTQ/GNC, this brief emphasizes the need for transition planning and reentry services for this population.
• Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles of Change (2018). This report outlines ten steps communities can take to help young people avoid experiencing juvenile justice system involvement, homelessness, or both. It includes specific resources and examples of each Principle of Change.
• Developing a Coordinated Youth Housing Stability Program for Juvenile Courts (2018). A research-practice partnership conducted this study to develop a model to reduce homelessness from within the juvenile justice system. The resulting model specifies the need for agency-wide awareness training, referral criteria, housing coordination, and prevention services.
• Preventing Homelessness for System-Involved Youth (2018). This journal article expounds on three of the 20 strategies in the NCJFCJ Resolution: coordinating transition and reentry plans, providing effective legal representation, and using sound judicial leadership.
• Reentry Starts Here: A Guide for Youth in Long-Term Juvenile Corrections and Treatment Programs (2018). DOJ designed this to prepare youth for successful reentry into the community. It discusses common barriers they may experience and provides steps to work through with the help of a caring adult.
• Resolution Addressing the Needs of Homeless Youth and Families in Juvenile and Family Courts (2018). NCJFCJ adopted this resolution to give judges strategies to better serve homeless youth. It opposes criminalizing status offenses for youth due to their lack of safe and stable housing.
• State Index on Youth Homelessness (2018). This report provides a snapshot of how each state is dealing with youth homelessness through laws, policies, systems, and environments. Each state receives a score, ranking, and recommendations for improvement.
• Youth Homelessness and the Juvenile Justice System: A Roadmap of What to Ask, Offer, and Expect from the Referral to Reentry (2018). This guide recommends reviewing juvenile cases for possible homelessness at each stage of the judicial process and emphasizes the importance of reentry planning with this population.
Juvenile Justice Organizational Resources
New Funding Opportunity Announcements
• US Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute on Drug Abuse: HEAL Initiative: Preventing Opioid Use Disorder in Older Adolescents and Young Adults (ages 16 to 30). Due March 13, 2019.
• US Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime: FY 2018 Integrated Services for Minor Victims of Human Trafficking. Due April 4, 2019.
About the Research Summaries Collection — The National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families collects and summarizes research and resources on issues affecting and related to runaway and homeless youth and their families. Each Research Summary includes information on how to obtain the resource.
** Materials in the Research Summaries database do not necessarily reflect the views of NCHYF, the Family and Youth Services Bureau, or the Administration for Children and Families.