Tenet 10: Improve Aftercare and Reentry

Youth who receive effective reentry and aftercare services are more likely to attend school, secure jobs and reoffend less.[i] Individualized reentry planning and services should begin the first day a youth enters a facility, and facility practices should reflect that commitment. Successful reentry models require coordination and continuity between justice system staff, youth, and their families, as well as multiple government agencies, schools, and service providers to ensure youth are seamlessly connected with appropriate aftercare supports. These include health and mental health services, safe and affordable housing, and connection with education, work readiness and career training, and employment. Systems should also develop data measures and track outcomes for at least two years following transition back to the community.[ii]

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[i] Chung, H., Schubert, C., Mulvey, E., An Empirical Portrait of Community Reentry Among Serious Juvenile Offenders in Two Metropolitan Cities, Criminal Justice and Behavior, 34 (11), 1402-1426, 2007.
[ii] Seigle, E., Walsh, N., & Weber, J., Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System, New York: Council of State Governments Justice Center, 2014.