Liberating Youth, Families, and Community from the Justice System

Posted by Impact Justice on May 28, 2018

The EBP-PLUS Model: Liberating Youth, Families, and Community from the Justice System

Many community-based organizations across the country have been marginalized and frustrated by efforts to adopt evidence-based practices within the youth justice system. This is particularly true of organizations that are led by and serve communities of color—the communities most impacted by mass incarceration.

Leaders and families of color observe the failures of the programs promoted by the courts. The evidence-based practice classes feel judgmental and institutional and fail to recognize the strengths of the youth and families who attend.

Research points to another challenge: Research on the most well-known evidence-based programs included youth of color, but failed to compare the findings for youth of color to white youth. In this way, they have failed to prove effectiveness. Nonetheless, these are the programs that receive the most funding from state and local governments.

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