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In This Report, You’ll Learn
Four challenges facing U.S. juvenile courts and corrections systems.
How Missouri has become a national model in juvenile corrections.
Three alternatives to a heavy reliance on juvenile confinement.
An overview of Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.
The bad news? When it comes to America’s juvenile justice system, failure, waste and even abuse of troubled youth are rampant. The better news? Thanks to promising reform efforts and policy innovations, which this publication explores, the prospects for progress have never been stronger.
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America’s juvenile detention problem? We’re too dependent on it
Many experts will tell you that our heavy reliance on confinement isn’t really the best way to operate a juvenile justice system. Detention is expensive — more than $100 per kid per day. It’s also deeply disruptive; it separates minors from their families while interrupting their education and employment.
Findings & Stats
Only 26 states reported any data on the recidivism rates of youth leaving juvenile corrections programs, according to a 1999 survey.
In the 1990s, 49 states changed their laws to make it easier to try juvenile offenders as adults.
In Florida, 55% of youth in juvenile facilities and 34% of youth in adult prisons reported that they expected to remain crime-free post-release.
Statements & Quotations
At every level of the juvenile justice system, ethnic and racial minorities are treated more harshly than white youth.
Nationwide, more than 100,000 delinquent teens are held in custody every day at costs ranging from $100 to more than $300 per day.
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