National Clearinghouse on Homeless Youth and Families

Implementing Change: Law Enforcement's Role in Addressing the Intersection of Homelessness and Juvenile Justice

Published: May, 2018
Type: 
Brief
Number of Pages: 
5
Organization: 
Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Series: 
Implementing Change
Abstract: 

The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) developed this issue brief to help law enforcement better understand its role in addressing the intersections between juvenile justice and youth homelessness. It provides recommendations based on the CJJ Principles for Change and highlights local examples of successful implementation of these recommendations. CJJ contends that through proper training and by collaborating with local leaders, homeless programs, juvenile justice agencies, and other stakeholders, law enforcement can play an important role in improving outcomes for vulnerable youth and ensuring that young people do not experience homelessness as a result of justice involvement, or come into contact with the system as a result of their lack of stable and secure housing.

Availability: 
Available for free download on the Coalition for Juvenile Justice website at: http://www.juvjustice.org/sites/default/files/resource-files/Law%20Enforcement_0.pdf