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Programming for Older Youth in Juvenile Justice Facilities

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Date Published
December 2023
29 pages

This publication provides recommendations for programming for older youth in juvenile justice facilities.


This white paper provides recommendations for programming for youth ages 17 and older residing in secure custody setting and provides policy, practice, and legislative considerations that may warrant future exploration by juvenile justice professionals and policymakers. The goal of this publication is to provide the audience with program-related resources for working with these youth and introduce potential funding resources for age-appropriate programming. This paper also intends to bring to the forefront the shared challenges that juvenile justice facilities face when serving older individuals and offers feasible solutions to these challenges.  The Center for Coordinated Assistance to States and its partner recommend the innovative practices offered in this document for working with older youth.