Youth with Special Education Needs in Justice Settings

Many youth involved with the juvenile justice system have learning and related disabilities and are eligible for special education and related services under the Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). In most cases, the rates of disabilities in the court-involved youth population are much greater than those in the general youth population. These resources explore the prevalence of these youth within justice settings and describe the characteristics of these young people. They also explore the challenges in serving these young people and the ways in which justice facilities and schools are overcoming those challenges to support student success.

Resource Date

January 2015