Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Corrections: Next Steps

Joseph Calvin Gagnon, Loretta Mason-Williams, Heather Griller Clark, Brittany LaBelle, Sarup R. Mathur, Peter E. Leone

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In 2014, the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice (U.S. DOE/DOJ) jointly released the Guiding Principles for Providing High-Quality Education in Juvenile Justice Secure Care Settings to provide recommendations within five principles that affect education, including safety (i.e., behavioral and mental health interventions), funding, staffing, curriculum and instruction, and reentry. However, no systematic review has evaluated the research within and across the Guiding Principles since their publication. The purpose of the current article is to (a) describe the literature review process that resulted in 36 studies across all of the principles, (b) briefly summarize information from the separate literature reviews focusing on behavior, mental health, and curriculum and instruction for which no separate literature reviews have been conducted, (c) provide detail concerning studies focusing on staffing and reentry, and (d) identify patterns across studies in all of the reviews, particularly related to study quality. In addition, we provide implications for research, policy, and practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-441
Number of pages13
JournalAmerican Journal of Orthopsychiatry
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2022


  • Education
  • Juvenile secure care settings
  • Policy
  • Practice
  • Research

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychology (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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