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Trauma-Informed Resource for Prosecution Involving Juveniles

NCTSN Resource

Resource Description

Provides prosecution attorneys with knowledge about a trauma-informed approach to prosecution. This guide outlines the impact of trauma exposure on child development and behavior; the potential impact of trauma exposure on memory and credibility; the impact of trauma on stakeholders such as victims or witnesses; and tips for incorporating trauma-informed practices into legal representation. It also discusses the reframing of sentencing from the trauma to jail pipeline; transitions and placement decisions; specialty courts and diversion; information sharing and collaboration; screening and assessment; treatment, resilience, and recovery; and secondary traumatic stress on prosecutors.

Published in 2021