Restructuring Juvenile Justice

Jacque Van Wormer, assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Washington State University, compares the effectiveness of community truancy boards with the ineffectiveness of sending children to detention.

Detention, Van Wormer argues, has an adverse effect on youth. Watch as she endorses earlier intervention and shares what she believes society can learn from kids within the juvenile justice system.


  • Kendal Clark

    I love how PBS educates and bring knowledge that you do not get on a prime new station! Keep up the good work and the hard work of bring these stories to the forefront!

  • Pati Heinz

    Thank you for bringing light to this subject! I’m from Benton Harbor, Mich. and I see how our children are being rail-roaded from high-school to jail/prison all too often. A local minister, Rev. Edward Pinkney has had a group of us be “court-room watchers” for years now. We make sure the prosicution and judge stay within guide-lines, and that the court-appointed attys. do their job properly defending individuals. It helps! We must do ALL we can to protect our young people! Visit for more info.

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