Why is Successful Reintegration Eluding Juveniles?
Date:  12-06-2019

Juvenile Justice Information Exchange highlights problem areas and offers solutions to combat recidivism
From Juvenile Justice Information Exchange:

The Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention reports that an average of 55% of youth released from incarceration are rearrested within one year of release while reincarceration and reconfinement rates during the same time frame averaged 24%. Juvenile reentry, which is also referred to as aftercare, is defined as the reintegrative services that prepare youth in out-of-home placements for their return home by establishing the necessary collaboration with the community and its resources to ensure the delivery of needed services and supervision. For agencies that provide services to these youth, preparing them to be successful in the long term will prove to be more beneficial than simply preparing them to complete a stint on parole once they are released from incarceration. Given the amount of time and effort that clinicians/counselors invest in a juvenile offender, one would hope to have more positive outcomes regarding juvenile reentry.

Based on interviews conducted with delinquent juveniles and service providers, the following key findings on why reentry was not successful were identified:

  • A reentry plan from incarceration to aftercare is not consistent among all entities involved.

    Reentry planning should engage the juvenile, his/her family and service providers who are critical to the youth’s success. One common practice that few will argue with is that reentry planning should begin once the juvenile’s incarceration is initiated. As the juvenile gets closer to being released, the plan becomes more detailed and all stakeholders are notified of their role pertaining to the juvenile’s release. Continue reading >>>