3 - Youth and Family

Tenet 3: Engage Youth, Families and Communities

Families are crucial to youth success, but the justice system is often inclined to ignore, alienate or blame family members rather than engage them as partners.[i] Youth and families should be at the center of case planning and encouraged to provide feedback to law enforcement, courts, probation, facilities and service providers on the quality of their policies and programs and their overall experience with the system. Jurisdictions should adopt individualized, family-driven policies and case management practices and create youth councils or leadership opportunities to regularly receive input from justice-involved young people. Likewise, law enforcement should establish community policing practices, in which community members are active and respected partners in achieving public safety. Broader community supports should also be engaged to organize and mentor youth and families to advocate for community and economic development and systems reform.[ii]


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[i] Justice for Families, Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice, September 2012.
[ii] Arya, N., FAMILY Comes First: A Workbook to Transform the Justice System by Partnering with Families, Washington, D.C.: Campaign for Youth Justice, 2013; Davis, A., Irvine, A., Ziedenberg, J., Engaging Juvenile Justice System-Involved Families, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, 2014.