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How to Improve Juvenile Justice

For a look at how large and often dysfunctional systems can improve services to troubled youth - in part by tapping community resources. See this report from John Jay College about state juvenile justice reforms.
Information Update
August 6, 2012
 

The report says those reforms have paid off over the past 30 years thanks largely to three strategies: closing facilities, thus limiting judicial options for out-of-home placements; giving incentives to state and county governments to spend more on community-based programming and less on incarceration; and shifting responsibility and funding from state to county authority.  See this summary by the Center on Juvenile Crime and Criminal Justice.

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