Nearly Three-Quarters of Youth Behind Bars Suffer From Mental Health Issues

September 4, 2020 | by Lindsey Nichols, Haillie Parker, and Molly Kruse | Cronkite News Arizona PBS


For many youth, unaddressed mental health issues send them down the path to the juvenile justice system, according to Charlene Taylor, PhD, an NCCD senior researcher. Once youth are in the system, those issues are not likely to improve. Studies find that anywhere between 50% and 90% of youth in the juvenile justice system have identifiable mental health disorders, and at least half do not receive the services they need. This recent article, which quotes Dr. Taylor, looks more closely at the topic of mental health in the juvenile justice system and profiles several young people who were “lost” in that system. Read the full article here.