The Reentry Experiences of Juvenile Lifers

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Montclair State University on 3/15/2022

New study expands on faculty’s previous juvenile lifer research in Philadelphia

As more states nationwide evaluate legislation to ban or reevaluate life sentences for juvenile offenders, new research published by a pair of Montclair State University faculty shows “juvenile lifers” who have been released are succeeding – and they point to potential policies that might make reentry more seamless.

The study, which will be published in the journal Psychology, Public Policy, and Law and which was conducted by Associate Professor of Justice Studies Tarika Daftary-Kapur, Associate Professor of Psychology Tina Zottoli and graduate assistants Tristin Faust and Ryan Schneider, surveyed 112 “juvenile lifers” who were released in Philadelphia within the past 30 months and documents their reentry experiences.