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New article alert: Parents' knowledge of the juvenile justice system

Dr. Cavanagh's latest article, Lesson learned? Mothers’ legal knowledge and juvenile rearrests, was recently published in Law and Human Behavior. Mothers of justice system involved-children's legal knowledge did not improve over time, regardless of whether the child was re-arrested. Black/African American mothers displayed less knowledge of the juvenile justice system when their sons were rearrested multiple times. The results illustrate the importance of a family educational component to juvenile probation, especially as a vehicle to reduce disproportionate minority contact with the juvenile justice system.

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