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42 UALR L. Rev. 689 (2019-2020)
Overcoming Barriers to School Reentry for Youth Leaving Juvenile Justice Facilities

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OVERCOMING BARRIERS TO SCHOOL REENTRY FOR YOUTH
LEAVING JUVENILE JUSTICE FACILITIES



     Sarah  Beebe*  & Dustin  Rynders**

                              I. INTRODUCTION

     In 2017,  over 40,000  young  people below  the age  of21  were  confined
in juvenile  correctional residential placement   facilities across the United
States.' Nationally, 60-70%   of youth  in the juvenile justice system  have  a
diagnosable  mental  health  condition, almost  30%   have  a serious disorder
that requires immediate,  significant treatment, and over 35%  have a learning
disability.2 Once released from  these facilities, they face many barriers that
prevent  them from  re-entering their previous public school  setting, which is
essential for increasing the odds  of their long  term success,  including  the
likelihood  of graduation, and  reducing  recidivism.  Currently,  after being
released from  juvenile justice facilities, as many as two-thirds of youth drop






* Sarah Beebe is a supervising attorney with Disability Rights Texas for the Juvenile Proba-
tion Education Advocacy Program. Sarah received a B.A. in History from Tulane University,
a Masters in Social Work from Tulane School of Social Work, and a J.D. from William and
Mary School of Law.
 Dustin Rynders is a supervising attorney of the Education Team at Disability Rights Texas.
Dustin received a B.A. from Pepperdine University, an M.P.Aff. from the L.B.J. School of
Public Affairs at the University of Texas, and a J.D. from The University of Houston Law
Center.
    1. Juveniles in Corrections - Demographics, OJJDP STATISTICAL BRIEFING BOOK
(April 23, 2019), https://www.ojdp.gov/ojstatbb/corrections/qa08201.asp?qaDate=2017.
    2. Meservey and Skowra, Caringfor Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile
Justice System: Improving Knowledge and Skills, NATIONAL CENTER FOR MENTAL HEALTH
AND  JUVENILE JUSTICE 2 (2015), https://ncyoj.policyresearchinc.org/img/resources/ Car-
ingforYouthWithMentalHealthNeeds-692212.pdf; Elizabeth Lamura, Our Children,
Ourselves: Ensuring the Education ofAmerica's At-Risk Youth, 31 BUFF. PUB. INT. L.J. 117,
120 (2012) (The majority of youths who have been involved in the juvenile justice system
have a 'diagnosable substance abuse disorder, mental health disorder, or both.'); Jessica
Feierman et al., The School-to-Prison Pipeline ... and Back: Obstacles and Remediesfor the
Re-Enrollment ofAdjudicated Youth, 54 N.Y.L. SCH. L. REv. 1115,1123 (2009/10).
    3. Elizabeth Seigle et al., Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving
Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System 30, COUNCIL OF ST. Gov'Ts JUST.
CTR.  (2014), https://csgjusticecenter.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/Core-Principles-for-
Reducing-Recidivism-and-Improving-Other-Outcomes-for-Youth-in-the-Juvenile-Justice-
System.pdf.


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