SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Many experts agree that the juvenile justice system has flaws, resulting in the need for different modifications. One area of particular concern within the juvenile justice system is the involvement of LGBTQ+ youth. LGBTQ+ youth are grossly overrepresented in both the juvenile and adult systems, including those who are incarcerated. This rate is highest for queer women and trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals (Buist, 2020; Donohue et al., 2021; Hereth & Bouris, 2020). This known pathway clearly depicts a systemic issue—one that warrants attention and remediation. This poster provides background information on the disparities that exist for LGBTQ+ youth within the juvenile justice system, as well as opportunities for change. Policy implications can be sought within many institutions, including schools, police agencies, the judicial branch, and the correctional system.

Faculty Advisor

April Terry


Criminal Justice

Submission Type

in-person poster




Copyright the Author(s) Matthias B. Pearce April Terry