Failed Policies, Forfeited Futures
Juvenile records follow youth well into adulthood and create barriers to employment and education. Protecting records is at the heart of the juvenile justice system’s aim to rehabilitate youth and yet, when unprotected, records punish youth indefinitely.
Juvenile records need better protection. A study of each state’s policies on keeping juvenile records confidential and allowing for those records to be expunged shows that the nation limits opportunities for youth by failing to protect them from the harmful effects of their juvenile records.