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Workforce and Youth Development: Barriers and Promising Approaches to Workforce and Youth Development for Young Offenders

With juvenile crime and justice receiving sustained attention and study, employment and training programs for court-involved young people have been examined as providing solutions to some of the challenges facing the nation’s juvenile justice system. In 1997, the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored a task force to study ways of meeting the employment and training needs of young people who had been in trouble with the law. The task force was convened by the Home Builders Institute, which was searching for ways to enhance vocational preparation, reduce youth crime and recidivism, and improve the prospects for court-involved youth in the labor market.

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