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What is Multisystemic Therapy?

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests. Learn more about MST.

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October is Youth Justice Awareness Month (#YJAM) 
October is Youth Justice Awareness Month. Its purpose is to make people understand the pressing need to keep juveniles out of the adult justice system. It’s time to take action. Read more
Words That Hide the Reality of the Juvenile Justice System
Prisons are prisons no matter the euphemism used to cloak what they are. Solitary confinement by any other name still has deleterious effects on the youth who are subjected to it. It’s time to alter the juvenile-prison system and end the barbarism of solitary confinement. Read more
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Hanging Out With the Wrong Crowd
Ben didn’t mind going back to boot camp he had been sent to for skipping school and using drugs. He met "great" friends who introduced him to new drugs and new ways to get into trouble. Your mother was right—who you hang out with influences you. 
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Richard Ross: The Story Behind His Photographs 
There is that much-used saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Photographer Richard Ross has proven that true over decades with his shots inside juvenile-detention centers, throwing light on the inhumanity the young people suffer there. Read more