ERIC Number: ED471676
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001
Reference Count: N/A
Justice for All? A Report on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Youth in the New York Juvenile Justice System.
Feinstein, Randi; Greenblatt, Andrea; Hass, Lauren; Kohn, Sally; Rana, Julianne
The first-ever study of its kind, this report chronicles the experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) youth in the New York juvenile justice system. This report combines existing social science research and personal interviews with juvenile justice professionals and LGBT youth and reveals that the system is plagued by discrimination and bias against LGBT youth. A major goal of this report is to bring attention to an otherwise largely invisible segment of the juvenile justice population. The research identified six major issues that LGBT youth confront once in the system: a lack of awareness about the existence of LGBT youth and their needs; a lack of appropriate sentencing options appropriate; the safety of detained LGBT youth; professionals who lack expertise and training on how to meet the needs of this population; a lack of specific policies relating to LGBT youth; and a lack of services that are sensitive to the needs of LGBT youth. This report concludes with further recommendations on moving forward, including the formulation of task forces by the city and state juvenile justice agencies. It is suggested that advocates in the juvenile justice and LGBT communities use this report to raise their own awareness and attention to LGBT youth in the system as well as lobby for policy changes to improve the system overall. (Contains 56 references.) (GCP)
Descriptors: Advocacy, Bisexuality, Delinquency, Homosexuality, Juvenile Justice, Lesbianism, Sex Bias, Sex Discrimination, Youth
For full text: http://www.urbanjustice.org/publications/pdfs/lesbianandgay/justiceforallreport.pdf.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Urban Justice Center, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York