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3 Ways Juvenile Justice Impacts Your Community VIDEO

May 23, 2016

Collateral consequences is a term used in the criminal justice system to refer to the additional civil state penalties, mandated by statute, that attach to criminal convictions. They are not part of the direct consequences of criminal conviction, such as incarceration, fines, or probation.

There's another sort of collateral consequence: those our families, communities and young people face.

In this short video, Rubén Austria, Executive Director of Community Connections for Youth in the Bronx, New York, explains the less obvious impacts of over-reliance on locking up young people.

This video was produced by SparkAction to accompany the Campaign for Youth Justice's report and interactive feature, Collateral Consequences, an examination of the long-term impacts of youth incarceration. 



"We see a three-fold loss for communities. The first is the loss of young people, who spend their formative years away from the community – we lose chance to invest in them and help them become positive community members.

"The other losses aren’t talked about as much. The second type is the loss of resources – it now costs more than $1,000 per day to detain just one young person. Every dollar that goes to luck up a young person is also a dollar that leaves the communities where resources are needed the most.

"The third is the loss of experience. The people who should be involved in holding young people accountable, teaching them to make good decisions correcting them when they go astray ... that experience gets transferred over to this criminal justice infrastructure – and you get community members who don’t remember, in a way, what do we need to do in order to raise our young people into healthy adults?"

- Rev. Rubén Austria

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