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PACEs in Youth Justice

Discussion of Transition and Reentry issues of out of home (treatment, detention, sheltered, etc.) youth back to their families and communities. Frequently these youth have fallen behind in their schooling, have reduced motivation, and lack skills to navigate requirements to successfully re-enter school programs or even to move ahead with their dreams.

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The crime victims’ advocate fighting mass incarceration: ‘How we actually stop violence’ []

Photo: Courtesy of Alliance for Safety and Justice In a new book, Lenore Anderson says the legal system doesn’t serve most victims or alleviate unaddressed trauma. For decades, the cause of victims’ rights has been one of the most powerful political movements in the US. From the 1980s to 2010s, advocates worked with law enforcement to transform the criminal justice system, passing more than 32,000 laws explicitly in the name of victims. Fueled by backlash to the civil rights era, white...

Why Youth Incarceration Fails: An Updated Review of the Evidence (

Incarcerating youth undermines public safety, damages young people’s physical and mental health, impedes their educational and career success, and often exposes them to abuse. Though the number of youth confined nationwide has declined significantly over the past two decades, our country still incarcerates far too many young people. It does so despite overwhelming evidence showing that incarceration is an ineffective strategy for steering youth away from delinquent behavior and that high...

‘She looks like a baby’: Why do kids as young as 5 or 6 still get arrested at schools? (

On Sept. 19, 2019, Kaia Rolle was arrested at her Orlando school after throwing a tantrum and hitting several staffers. She was 6 years old. She was charged with battery. Though the charge was dismissed, Kaia was traumatized by the experience and now has post-traumatic stress disorder, along with a litany of other mental health problems. © Orlando Police Department Authors: To read Andrea Ball and Dian Zhang's article, ‘She looks like a baby’: Why do kids as young as 5 or 6 still get...

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ACE Training for Public Defenders

Michael Shirley
Hi there - I'm working with one of our partners to put together an ACE training for public defenders. We already use ACE Interface and can tailor the training to fit but wondered if there was something more specific. Thanks in advance!Read More...

Looking for Juvenile Justice Curriculum

Hi All, I'm new to this. I hope I'm posting this in the right place. I teach a life skills class in a small juvenile detention facility and would love to incorporate resilience and ACES into my lesson plans. Does anyone have suggestions of a curriculum I could use with my youth to teach these things? So far I've looked a little bit at Why Try and Seeking Safety but I am definitely open to other suggestions. Thanks!Read More...
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