CSG Report Offers National Implications for the Juvenile Justice Field

Posted January 29, 2015
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Blog CSG Report Offers National Implications 2015

Richard Ross for Juvenile in Justice

The Coun­cil of State Gov­ern­ments (CSG) Jus­tice Cen­ter, in con­junc­tion with the Texas A&M Pub­lic Pol­i­cy Research Insti­tute, has released find­ings from a com­pre­hen­sive study that looks at juve­nile jus­tice reforms under­tak­en by Texas. While it pro­vides impor­tant insights for Texas, the report has wider impli­ca­tions for juve­nile jus­tice com­mu­ni­ties across America.

The report, Clos­er to Home: An Analy­sis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juve­nile Jus­tice Reforms, is drawn from an impres­sive dataset of 1.3 mil­lion case records and cov­ers an eight-year time span. Beyond its use in inform­ing pos­i­tive changes in the Texas juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem, the Foun­da­tion has high­light­ed 10 lessons from the report that can improve juve­nile jus­tice nation­al­ly

The data-dri­ven analy­sis of the Texas sys­tem was sup­port­ed, in part, by a grant from the Foun­da­tion. This was a rare oppor­tu­ni­ty to look inside a juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem and exam­ine the out­comes of pol­i­cy reforms, deter­mine what worked, what didn’t work and then build on those valu­able lessons to improve juve­nile jus­tice around the coun­try,” said Nate Balis, direc­tor of the Foun­da­tion’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Strat­e­gy Group.

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