Let’s make certain we are holding everyone accountable. Yes, the youth who are incarcerated have been suspected of or adjudicated for a crime. However, if we only lock them up and don’t educate them or teach them a vocation while they are incarcerated, how do we expect them to be productive citizens when they return to their communities?
We say, “education is the key.” Well, it’s time to ensure all incarcerated youth are being properly educated so that when they transition out, they can make positive contributions to society, their communities, families, and their own lives.
Did You Know?
- Each year, approximately 1.5 million juvenile cases are heard in juvenile justice courts across the United States.
- Annually, approximately 130,000 youth are incarcerated within the United States*
- Approximately 70,000 youth are confined on any given day. Most of these youth are incarcerated for non-violent offenses – approximately 75%*
- 60% of our nation’s incarcerated youth are children of color – 20% are Hispanic and 40% are African American.
- Approximately 87% of our nation’s incarcerated youth are boys*
- Only 65% of our nation’s juvenile facilities offer an educational program for all of its incarcerated youth.
- And, only 46% of youth with IEPs prior to their adjudication reported that they were still receiving their special education services while incarcerated*
- Juvenile Justice teachers and leaders rarely receive the necessary training to successfully work with disenfranchised youth in confined settings*
Juvenile Justice Facilities
Incarcerated Per Year
Daily Cost Per Student
‘Lynette Tannis’ Educating Incarcerated Youth provides a window into the working of education programs in juvenile correctional facilities. Her insight and analysis is an excellent resource for those concerned about the education and future of our most marginalized youth.
About the Author
Dr. Lynette N. Tannis began exploring juvenile justice education in 2009 while working on her doctor of education degree at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. This book features the research she collected in 2012.
Since graduating from Harvard in 2013, Lynette continues to spend time in juvenile facilties throughout the United States and internationally. The impact of the four themes that emerged from her study, featured in Educating Incarcerated Youth: Exploring the Impact of Relationships, Expectations, Resources and Accountability continues to emerge as she visits schools in confined settings.
The fall 2013 edition of the Harvard Ed Magazine featured an article about Lynette and her research on juvenile justice education.