Main menu

Orphanages, Training Schools, Reform Schools and Now This?: Recommendations to Prevent the Disproportionate Placement and Inadequate Treatment of Children with Disabilities in the Juvenile Justice System, National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

NDRN is the national membership organization for Protection & Advocacy Systems (P&As), which are the largest national providers of legal services to individuals with disabilities. This publication outlines what Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems have learned about the needs of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system.

NDRN explains that the report describes the “problems children and youth with disabilities encounter, solutions utilized with success by the P&As, and provider[s] specific recommendations for systemic improvements.” The issues addressed in the report include: “diversion of children and youth with disabilities from the juvenile justice system”, “humane conditions while incarcerated”, and “re-entry services like education and treatment to ensure the child or youth’s success upon release from the facility.”  The report offers recommendations for re-entry and outlines approaches being used to ensure youth have accesses to services upon release for the juvenile justice system.