Nationally, 90% of youth involved in the criminal justice system report exposure to traumatic events, most starting before age five.

Nationally, 90% of youth involved in the criminal justice system report exposure to traumatic events, most starting before age five. Most frequently, they suffer loss and bereavement, impaired caregiver, domestic violence and all types of abuse and neglect. Additionally, they are significantly more likely to be homeless; have or be expecting children; and be diagnosed with a learning disability than other teens. 42% are crossover youth, meaning that they are involved in the child protective system and the juvenile justice system. They are some of the most vulnerable youth in our community with poor long term economic, academic, and mental health outcomes.

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