A Road Map for Juvenile Justice Reform

2008 KIDS COUNT Essay

Posted December 30, 2008
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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AECF 2008 Roadmap for Juv Justice Reform


This report from a KIDS COUNT essay summarizes six key challenges for reforming the juvenile justice system in the U.S. for the benefit of youth, families and communities. Using case studies from states across the U.S., the report highlights strategies for success in reducing youth incarceration and recidivism. Information from this report was originally presented in the introductory essay for the 2008 KIDS COUNT Data Book.

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Key Takeaway

Juvenile Justice Reform Is Possible And Necessary

The idea of making substantive reforms to the nation's broken juvenile justice system is daunting, but should not be viewed as an impossible task. Several promising projects in cities across the U.S. demonstrate that change ispossible, and in some cases can even generate cost savings over currend spending as well as many other meaningful benefits for youth, families and communities.