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OPINION

Juvenile Justice Solutions
Should Always Start with
Positive Youth Development
by Guest Writer March 9, 2015
I Guest Writer

by David Muhammad
Since the creation of the first juvenile court in
Chicago in 1899, our juvenile justice system has
failed to reach its ultimate goal of treating and
rehabilitating youth. The juvenile justice system in
America suffers from high recidivism and failure
rates, often causes further harm to youth, and has
enormous costs.
An ideal youth justice system would be based on
positive youth development (PYD), a strength- and
asset-based, youth-involved development process.
"The basic premise of PYD is that even the most

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