Youth Returning to the Community from Juvenile Justice Facilities: A Guide for Advocates

No child should remain in custody due to the lack of a reentry plan. Now more than ever, the
juvenile justice system must make every possible effort to return detained youth to their families
and/or home communities.

This guide is for advocates working to release detained youth and support them in the
community during the COVID-19 pandemic. This guide can be used to create comprehensive
transition plans for individual youth, which serve the dual purpose of demonstrating to the Court
or Probation that a youth can be served in the community and should be released and providing
a roadmap for provision of supportive services. The guide can also help advocates who wish to
shift practice and policy to releasing youth and serving them in the community, but are not sure
where to start.

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