Mental Health and the Juvenile Justice System: Progress, Problems and Paradoxes

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Illustration by Katy McCarthy

Mental health and the juvenile justice system

Illustration by Katy McCarthy / JJIE

This series is part of an ongoing collaboration with the Center for Public Integrity.

It presents one of the most vexing challenges facing our nation’s juvenile courts and corrections systems: how to treat, supervise, punish or just plain cope with troubled teens whose delinquent behaviors are connected to or caused by emotional disturbances and mental health problems. In a continuing series, the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange explores these challenges and issues. Read more in the series:


Photo by Erik Unger / JJIE

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