Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice

Anyone that has experienced the juvenile justice system will agree that it harms more than it helps.  It primarily targets and incarcerates young people of color without regard for their futures and what actually makes our communities safer.  In the DJJ, more than 90% of those incarcerated are youth of color.  And while the state pours hundreds of millions of dollars into this broken system year after year, the recidivism rate remains at an abysmal 81%. 

Family connection and involvement is one of the few proven things that actually help to reduce recidivism and improve youth outcomes but oftentimes, family members are shut out, preventing them from helping their children succeed.

But it takes a lot to keep families away from their children.  This week, a coalition of family based organizations, Justice for Families, released Families Unlocking Futures: Solutions to the Crisis in Juvenile Justice.

Books Not Bars partnered with organizations across the country to survey more than 1,000 family members and conduct 24 focus groups including more than 150 people to create a first of its kind report to inform and lead the efforts in building a “family-driven/trauma-informed youth justice system.” 

We invite you to learn about their experiences and join a movement led by families in redesigning a broken system that depends on their leadership to succeed. Download the Executive Summary and the full report now!