A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities

According to NJJN's new policy document, titled, “A House Divided No More: Common Cause for Juvenile Justice Advocates, Victim Advocates, and Communities,” several key misperceptions get in the way of taking a holistic view of youth who commit crime and those they harm. First, there’s an overlap between so-called “offenders” and “victims” that is often overlooked. Research has shown that many youth who commit offenses have also been harmed by crime, often more than once.

Second, that overlap is one reason why crime begets more crime: one study of over 5,000 youth published by the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention found that youth who were the victims of a violent offense were three times more likely to commit a violent offense in the next twelve months than those who were not victims.

What can voters and policymakers do right now to make the juvenile justice system more just? "A House Divided No More" contains five broad recommendations for advocates, policymakers, voters, and community members that will everyone work for a safer society and a justice system that is fair and equitable for all. 

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