Juvenile justice system research evaluates racial and ethnic equity and inclusion strategies

The Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center recently published a brief summarizing their evaluation of the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s expansion of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative® and efforts to improve racial and ethnic equity and inclusion (REEI) in the juvenile justice system. Twelve different sites around the country were evaluated as a part of a larger study and REEI activities were examined through interviews and surveys. Key takeaways included that REEI strategies must be appropriate for their particular context, leadership and staff buy-in are important to advancing REEI, and collaborating with youth, their families, community members, and organizations operating outside the juvenile justice system are crucial. #covid-19 #racialequity

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