In managing juvenile delinquency cases referred to his office, Jason will make trauma-informed screening, assessment, and wrap-around care the standard.
The overwhelming majority of justice system involved youth have been exposed to victimization and other childhood adversities. Up to 33% have developed PTSD. The jailing of juveniles causes additional trauma that will further reduce their opportunities to become productive members of society. Thus, it is important to look to the root causes of juveniles acting out and provide services based on a comprehensive assessment of needs.
The brain of a juvenile is much different than that of an adult, and understanding those differences is critical in responding to and reforming juvenile misconduct. Jason understands this, and will keep youthful offenders in the juvenile system rather than transferring them to a court designed for adults. In order to help juveniles better understand accountability and the impact of their actions, Jason will implement restorative justice approaches where appropriate.
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