Over the last 20 years, numerous studies have confirmed that children who experience maltreatment are more likely to be referred/arrested for delinquent offenses. Maltreated children have also been found to more likely become involved in the adult criminal justice system. In fact, a 2004 National Institute of Justice study found maltreated children to be 11 times more likely than a matched control group to be arrested, and 2.7 times more likely to be arrested as an adult. In this blog post, NCCD's Janice Ereth describes the efforts of several child protective service (CPS) agencies, including the Department of Children and Family Services in Los Angeles County (LA), who have joined forces with their counterparts in the juvenile justice system to collaboratively service youth who were concurrently involved in both of these systems.
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