Youth involved in the juvenile justice system represent one of the most vulnerable populations in the United States. According to the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health, in 2014, there were over 400 children in the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice System.
Sadly, youth who become involved/entangled in juvenile justice generally have poor transition outcomes related to reintegration and recidivism as these youth may find transitioning from a structured juvenile justice environment to a less-structured mainstream environment to be difficult.
Multiple research has shown the key to preventing youth recidivism is engagement (e.g. involvement in school and/or work); and that youth need an array of support services to succeed. A Brighter Day work-program offers support, alternatives and structure to youth both while incarcerated and after their departure from juvenile hall, along with follow-up and case management, that helps them “stay on track” once they are exited from the juvenile justice system, thereby ensuring a smooth transition back into society.