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Juvenile Justice Focus Groups - Franklin County Juvenile Court

Thoughtwell worked with the Franklin County Juvenile Court (FCJC) to conduct focus groups with youth and parents/families of youth who were involved with the juvenile justice system. The goal of the focus groups was to assist the FCJC in understanding youth and family experiences with the juvenile justice system, and learning what additional supports youth and families believe are needed to help navigate through the process.

Participants noted difficulties in navigating through the court process and expressed a desire for equal access to legal representation, more proactive programming to help youth before they become involved with the justice system, and greater communication between the court staff and affected families.