Features From the Field - June 2022

Features from the Field is a monthly series of resources compiled by NDTAC in partnership with The Department of Education on topics relevant to Title I, Part D State coordinators. This month's resources focus on juvenile justice and COVID-19 and cover safety, learning and technology, and support services in facilities. 


Lessons Learned from COVID-19


Audience: Delinquent Facilities, Secure Long-term Settings, Secure Short Term Settings, Youth, Families, Communities, or Advocates  

Resource Type: Tips, Tools & Toolkits

Topics: Safety, Teaching and Learning, Teaching with Technology, Student Support Services 

Resource Date: July 2021

Summary: This resource from the San Mateo County Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Commission summarizes interviews with stakeholders involved with juvenile justice on how COVID-19 impacted the justice system. Recommendations from incarcerated youth relate to food delivery services, education programming, access to information about COVID-19, online meetings with families, and Youth Services Center bookings. Court level recommendations describe how judges can respond to the pandemic by adapting court procedures and opportunities for legal representation and family participation in online hearings. For education agencies responsible for juvenile facilities, recommendations include adapting online learning policies, technology provision for students, and extended broadband connection in facilities.


Survey: 52% Drop in Admissions to Youth Detention in Two Months Matches Reduction Over 13 Years


Resource Type: Website

Topics: Entry & Residence, Exit & Reentry

Resource Date: June 2020

Summary: This blog post from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) examines the 52 percent drop in juvenile detention admission over a two-month period in 33 states, equivalent to the national decline over the previous 13 years. Through a survey of jurisdictions across the country, AECF found that the juvenile population in secure detention centers decreased by 32 percent from March 1, 2020, to May 1, 2020, primarily due to decrease in admission rates. Admissions for Black youth declined by 30 percent, while admissions for White youth declined by 26 percent. While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the system to focus on keeping youth out of facilities, the rate of youth leaving facilities has slowly declined. Additionally, most jurisdictions reported no cases of coronavirus as of May 2020.


Education, Policy, and Juvenile Delinquents: A Mixed Methods Investigation During COVID-19


Resource Type: Reports & Briefs

Topics: Safety

Resource Date: December 2020

Summary: This paper from the Journal of Education and Learning, analyzes the impact of COVID-19 on the education of youth in juvenile detention centers. When the pandemic began, the shift to online schooling reduced attendance and engagement for students. However, there was more uncertainty around the impact of this shift for incarcerated students. This study analyzed past literature, reviewed educator concerns, and conducted a case study of juvenile enrollment during the pandemic to better understand areas of improvement in virtual settings. It concluded that the current form of distance learning needs to be replaced with a new framework such as the Humanistic Schooling Experience Model which incorporates academics, social, physical health, and personal aspects of a student.


Researchers and Policymakers
Secure Long Term Settings
Secure Short Term Settings
Youth, Families, Communities, or Advocates

Resource Type

Features from the Field


Entry & Residence
Exit & Reentry
Student Support Services
Teaching and Learning
Teaching with Technology

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June 06, 2022