Realizing Youth Justice: Advancing Education and Employment through Public Policy and Investment

This paper—written by Kisha Bird, Clarence Okoh, and Nia West-Bey—proposes policy strategies that envision work and educational opportunities, along with health and mental health supports, as part of the formula needed to dismantle structural barriers that push youth of color out of school and into detention and incarceration; prevent them from obtaining employment and entering careers with family sustaining wages; and lock them perpetually out of opportunity.