U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration
Although these figures represent a substantial decline since their peaks a decade ago, they suggest an extraordinary burden on the nation’s systems for providing reentry services and addressing the many challenges people with criminal records face finding pathways to success. This study examines programs funded by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) that combine promising workforce strategies (career pathways) with promising juvenile and criminal justice strategies (expungement and diversion services) to help justice-involved youth develop into successful, productive, and law-abiding adults.
As part of the Evaluation of Grants Serving Young Offenders (EGYO), we have examined the provision of expungement and diversion services offered through DOL's Face Forward grants, conducted an environmental scan of programs that divert young adults from the criminal justice system, and authored a guide for communities interested in starting or enhancing young adult diversion programs. We will also explore the implementation of the Pathways to Justice Career Grants. Mathematica is partnering with Social Policy Research Associates to carry out these tasks.
Evidence & Insights From This Project
Detour to Opportunity: A Guide on Young Adult Diversion from the Criminal Justice System
This guide is a resource for communities, policymakers, and practitioners thinking about implementing or enhancing a program to divert young adults, ages 18 to 25, from the criminal justice system.Learn More