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Collateral Consequences for Court Involved Youth

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Children involved in juvenile court face collateral consequences from their delinquency adjudications which can prevent barriers to their future success and can cause harm to their well-being. Some of these stem from system exposure and others extend beyond the time spent under court supervision but are related to their prior court involvement and adjudication. For example, after successfully completing their dispositions, many youth face significant hardships enrolling back in school, finding employment, or accessing ongoing treatment or health care. This episode of Spotlight on Youth focuses on the intersection of collateral consequences for youth who are court involved. Guests join this episode to discuss what is being done on both policy and practice levels to reduce and eliminate the problem.


Elissa Johnson, Staff Attorney, Southern Poverty Law Center

Dr. Ashley Nellis, Senior Research Analyst, The Sentencing Project

Lisa H. Thurau, Founder and Executive Director, Strategies for Youth