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Promoting Reentry for Young Adults: Perspectives from the Field

This webinar, held on April 20, 2023 and sponsored by the National Institute of Justice, discussed the ways in which the process of reentry can be difficult for young adults returning to their communities from a custody setting. Despite the risk factors associated with this population, recent research finds they are more amenable to treatment than older adults, thus making early intervention with justice-involved young adults particularly important.

Panelists discussed two ongoing randomized controlled trials of comprehensive trauma-based reentry programming for young, incarcerated males. The role of the practitioner partner in program implementation, successes and challenges in program delivery, and strategies to refine the intervention and its delivery in real-time were also discussed.


  • Elizabeth Cauffman, Ph.D., Professor of Psychological Science, Education and Law, School of Ecology, University of California, Irvine
  • Don Barnes, Sheriff, Orange County Sheriff's Department
  • Carrie Pettus-Davis, Ph.D., Principal, Justice System Partners


  • Marie Garcia, Ph.D., Director, Office of Criminal Justice Systems, National Institute of Justice

Opening Remarks:

  • Nancy La Vigne, Ph.D., Director, National Institute of Justice
  • Liz Ryan, Administrator, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Date Published: June 20, 2023