Detention education reform report

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Children in the juvenile justice system are more likely to have learning disabilities and behavior disorders, according to researchers at Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.  They reviewed state programs to educate these children and found that agencies often don’t work together. As a result, there is “duplication, fragmentation and the diffusion of responsibility” that prevents kids in the system from getting the education they need to be successful when they get out.   Some conclusions of their study:

  • Early education is essential.
  • Quality education services are critical for successful
  • development of all youth.
  • If outcomes matter, they must be measured.
  • Support services are needed to help some youth
  • succeed.
  • Interagency collaboration and communication is vital.
  • Change requires within-agency and cross-agency
  • leadership.
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