Over-criminalization in the foster care system

A recent article on the Juvenile Justice Information Exchange website (joie.org), referencing Denise Herz’s 2015 study on crossover youth – kids in the dependency system who transition into the delinquency system – has some specific case histories to show how the over criminalization of adolescent behavior in foster care and group homes leads to high percentages of foster youth “crossing over,” and the problems that result.


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