SACAD: John Heinrichs Scholarly and Creative Activity Days


Far too many juveniles are incarcerated in juvenile correctional facilities, and in some cases, waived into the adult criminal legal system. Life course theory helps explain this pathway as many of these youth grow up in poverty-stricken environments, with restricted access and poor quality of schooling, during which they may experience abuse and neglect, leading them into the school-to-prison pipeline. Likewise, youth experiencing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)—forms of abuse, neglect, and household dysfunction—endure the additional abuse-to-prison pipeline. Once incarcerated, these youth experience reentry issues when attempting to successfully transition back into their homes and communities. However, this issue starts before these youth even enter the system due to a lack of preventative measures and trauma-informed practices. This cycle is allowed to continue due to, for example, lacking mental health care and evidence-based programs when youth are incarcerated and said to be receiving rehabilitative programs. While there are many issues to this complex set of pathways, there are different measures that can be put into place to allow youth to be more successful.

Faculty Advisor

April Terry


Criminal Justice

Submission Type

in-person poster




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