The National Governors Association (NGA) released "State Strategies To Address The Needs of Justice-Involved Youth Impacted By Collateral Consequences," which explains the repercussions youth often face following release from out-of-home placement.
- Justice-involved youth face a diverse range of collateral consequences that can have both immediate and long-term impacts on their well-being.
- Developing a non-punitive, community-based, trauma-informed approach supported by stakeholders is key to reducing collateral consequences for justice-involved youth.
- Governors' offices can mitigate the challenges faced by policymakers seeking to address this problem by bringing attention to the issue, encouraging collaboration, building consensus among key stakeholders, and proposing legislation that addresses specific collateral consequences through targeted policies or comprehensive reform.
The report also provides recommendations for governors and state policymakers to consider when implementing strategies to reduce the impact of collateral consequences on justice-involved youth.