From NCWD-Youth: “Studies show that although transitioning youth that hold jobs may be less likely to engage in criminal activity, there is no direct causal relationship between finding employment and less recidivism. Instead, research suggests it’s actually the change in a young person’s antisocial attitudes and beliefs associated with crime – rather than the paycheck – that accounts for their shift away from crime. Or, to put it another way, employment is only helpful to the extent that one can keep a job. A new job must be coupled with new behavior in order to help lower the risk of recidivism. Therefore, it is the transformation in behavior that ultimately enables an individual to retain employment and reap the recidivism-lowering benefits that having a job can provide.” Read more, here.
From the Reclaiming Futures website: “Across our country, children are being funneled through the juvenile justice system. The majority of these children have no real understanding of the court processes they are involved in or the legal consequences that may affect not only their juvenile record, but also their lives. Though juvenile courts are designed specifically for children, the language utilized by attorneys and judges is comparable to a foreign language to children that find themselves involved in the juvenile justice system.”