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Vera Institute To Examine Impact of Family Visitation on Detained Youth

January 15, 2014

Exploratory research by the Vera Institute of Justice (Vera) suggests that increased family visitation is associated with better educational outcomes and behavior in incarcerated youth. With funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Vera will conduct a 2-year study of the effect of expanded family visitation policies and practices on youth during confinement in Indiana Department of Correction, Division of Youth Services (DYS) facilities and reentry into their communities. This research will inform juvenile justice leaders of ways to keep incarcerated young people and their families connected and how to improve youth’s long-term outcomes and lower their recidivism rates.


Read about Vera's pilot project on family engagement standards with the Indiana DYS.

Learn more about Vera's Family Justice Program.

Read "OJJDP Family Listening Sessions: Executive Summary."