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A New Juvenile Justice SystemTotal Reform for a Broken System$
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Nancy E. Dowd

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479898800

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479898800.001.0001

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No More Closed Doors

No More Closed Doors

Ending the Educational Exclusion of Formerly Incarcerated Youth

Chapter:
(p.311) 18 No More Closed Doors
Source:
A New Juvenile Justice System
Author(s):

David Domenici

Renagh O’Leary

Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479898800.003.0019

This chapter explores how formerly incarcerated youth complete their education, a critical goal for achieving competency and opportunity as an adult. Incarcerated youth are often subject to minimal educational resources when imprisoned, exacerbating their low achievement levels. When they exit prisons and detention centers, their high schools often refuse to readmit them and send them instead to an even more poorly resourced alternative school or an adult GED course structured for adults. The chapter then envisions educational inclusion that not only allows youth back into their public comprehensive high schools but also addresses their educational issues in a way that will accomplish the goal of high school graduation and opportunity for further education.

Keywords:   formerly incarcerated youth, educational resources, alternative school, adult GED courses, educational inclusion, educational issues

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