The Future of Youth Justice: A Community-Based Alternative to the Youth Prison Model

This new report from the National Institute of Justice and the Harvard Kennedy School summarizes the ways in which the nation's current juvenile justice system negatively effects the youth involved in it, leading to high rates of recidivism and damaging effects on their well-being and future prospects. The authors recommend a number of community-based programs/approaches to replace the use of large-scale and ineffective youth prisons and detention facilities.

Educational Exclusion: Drop Out, Push Out, and the School-to-Prison Pipeline

The Gay, Lesbian, & Straight Education Network (GLSEN) examines the ways in which school systems disproportionately discipline LGBTQ youth while also failing to create a safe environment for them. The report shows how this contributes to an accelerated "school-to-prison pipeline" that harms the lives of LGBTQ youth by forcing them into the juvenile or criminal justice systems at higher rates than non-LGBTQ youth.

Trends in State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education

The U.S. Department of Education produced this report as part of an effort to call on states to invest in education instead of incarceration. The report uses comprehensive fiscal data to analyze and compare the trends in education and corrections funding throughout the U.S. over the last few decades. Shockingly, the report has found that increases in spending on corrections far outpaces that of education.