Earlier this year, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) released the first study to examine the extent of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) among young offenders. Results of this study showed that juvenile offenders in Florida have “disturbingly high rates of ACEs and have higher composite scores than previously examined populations”. In addition, the study revealed that “females had a higher prevalence than males on every single ACE indicator”.
The ACE Study is a collaboration between the Center For Disease Control and Kaiser Permanente. ACEs refer to certain childhood experiences, such as emotional abuse, physical abuse and physical neglect, identified as risk factors for leading causes of illness and death.
Additional resources on ACE and the criminal justice population include:
Childhood Trauma and Women’s Health Outcomes in a California Prison Population by Nena Messina and Christine Grella, October 2006
Read the full study
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