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Addressing the Intersections of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change

A young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness for many reasons, including the fact that educational disruptions and juvenile delinquency records can make it harder to obtain employment. Youth experiencing homelessness may also be swept into the juvenile justice system through laws that prohibit simply being in public spaces, such as juvenile curfews, or anti-sitting or sleeping ordinances. Both juvenile justice involvement and youth homelessness have long-term negative consequences. The Principles in Part I of this document provide a roadmap for communities to help young people avoid experiencing juvenile justice system involvement and/or youth homelessness. Part II of this document includes specific resources and examples to guide communities as they work to put Principles for Change into practice.

Click here to read the full report co-funded by the Raikes Foundation, Tow Foundation and Melville Charitable Trust.