Tall Enough for Prison

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention releases “PTSD, Trauma, and Comorbid Psychiatric Disorders in Detained Youth”

The results of the Northwestern Juvenile Project (a pro-spective longitudinal study of youth detained at the Cook County Juvenile Temporary Detention Center in Chicago, IL) discusses the prevalence of trauma and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among juvenile detainees and PTSD’s tendency to co-occur with other psychiatric disorders.

Read the OJJ bulletin HERE

Some findings include the following:

  • Of the study sample, 92.5 percent of youth had experienced at least one trauma, 84 percent had experienced more than one trauma, and 56.8 percent were exposed to trauma six or more times.

  • Witnessing violence, the most common trauma, was far more common in this study sample than in most community studies of youth and young adults.

  • More than 1 in 10 detainees had PTSD in the year prior to the interview.

  • Among participants with PTSD, 93 percent had at least one comorbid psychiatric disorder. Among males, having any psychiatric diagnosis significantly increased the odds of having comorbid PTSD.


Rape and Other Sexual Violence Prevalent in Juvenile Justice System

Hundreds of teen-agers are raped or sexually assaulted during their stays in the country’s juvenile detention facilities, and many of them are victimized repeatedly, according to a U.S. Department of Justice survey. Read the article HERE

The LGBTQ Work Group of the Juvenile Justice Coalition, releases a directory of LGBTQ-friendly youth organizations in the New York City metropolitan area.  

See the directory and resources HERE