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Juvenile Justice

LGBTQ youth, particularly those of color, are significantly overrepresented in the juvenile justice system, where they routinely experience unconscionable mistreatment, harassment and discrimination. NCLR is at the forefront of a national movement to raise awareness of the unique harms suffered by justice-involved LGBTQ youth, increase professional competence, and develop policies that divert LGBTQ youth from the system and support their health and well-being in their communities.

Advocacy

Legislation & Policy

The Whole Youth Model

Nationwide

NCLR partners with Ceres Policy Research on the “Whole Youth Model,” an approach to serving youth in the justice system that prioritizes health and well-being over punishment and surveillance. Project staff provide training and technical assistance to participating jurisdictions, emphasizing the importance of collecting and analyzing data on the sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression and race/ethnicity of each youth, among other aspects of their identity. The model is based on the premise that public safety is furthered by authentic conversations with young people and individualized responses tailored to their unique strengths and needs.

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Resources

Publications

Supporting LGBTQI Youth in the Prison Abolition Movement

This report synthesizes findings from three sets of sources with recommendations and guidance to support this population of young people. Given the disproportionately negative outcomes experienced by LGBTQI youth in the prison system, this report makes the case for approaching the academic literature with an understanding of intersectionality, in order to support LGBTQI young people involved in a broad range of social movements. This report also serves to highlight ways in which these young people are well poised to become powerful change agents in the movement to end the failed youth prison model.

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