Resource Guide: Web Sites about the Juvenile Justice System and Troubled Youth

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The Beat Within: www.thebeatwithin.org.
An excellent program that provides writing and publishing for incarcerated youth. Check out the "Write to Read" section for lists of books written by a juvenile hall librarian.

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice: www.cjcj.org.
CJCJ is a private non-profit organization whose mission is to reduce society's reliance on the use of incarceration as a solution to social problems. In 1997, CJCJ formed the Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a policy development and research body that promotes effective and sensible approaches to America's justice system. This Web site offers reliable information on juvenile justice statistics, study reports, and several policy reports.

Each One, Reach One: www.each1reach1.org.
Mentoring youth through creative arts and education.

National Council on Crime and Delinquency: www.nccd-crc.org.
NCCD is a non-profit devoted to reducing delinquency and improving the lives of young people. The group also includes the Children's Research Center. There are several resources listed on this Web site, including studies, policy papers, and other related agencies and how to access their resources.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ojjdp.
Grant opportunities and information.

Prisonwall.org: www.prisonwall.org.
Articles about prison life.

Southern Poverty Law Center: www.tolerance.org.
Fight Hate and Promote Tolerance. Lots of resources for teachers and librarians.

 

Compiled by YALSA's Outreach for Young Adults with Special Needs Committee.