Since 2008, the month of October honors efforts to prevent children from entering the juvenile and criminal justice systems. It is a month where advocates emphasize the need to eliminate the use of solitary confinement for youth, reduce the use of detention or confinement, increase the use of rehabilitative community programs, and end racial and ethnic disparities.
Because data about the juvenile justice system are limited, particularly at the county level, Council for Children’s Rights and Race Matters for Juvenile Justice compile an annual Juvenile Justice report to inform concerned stakeholders about the state of juvenile justice.
Every week in the month of October, we’ll release a different component of our Juvenile Justice report. Our second supplement highlights the school-to-prison pipeline and steps we can take to correct it.
Check out last week’s supplement on Race Matters for Juvenile Justice, and be on the lookout for additional supplements and the full report!