Last week a coalition of groups released, Addressing the Intersection of Juvenile Justice Involvement and Youth Homelessness: Principles for Change.  The report notes that a young person’s involvement with the justice system can increase their likelihood of later experiencing homelessness.  Pointing out that youth experiencing homelessness may be swept into the juvenile justice system through laws as simple as being in public spaces, such as juvenile curfews, or anti-sitting or sleeping ordinances, long term consequences mean a youth’s homelessness has long-term negative consequences.

The report includes a series of principles and recommendations put together by ‘Collaborating for Change’ a group that includes the Coalition for Juvenile Justice, the National Network for Youth (NN4Y) and National League of Cities’ (NLC) Institute for Youth, Education, and Families. The principles are divided by putting principles into action and resources and examples