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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March 21, 2003


In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Four challenges facing U.S. juvenile courts and corrections systems.

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    How Missouri has become a national model in juvenile corrections.

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    Three alternatives to a heavy reliance on juvenile confinement.

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    An overview of Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative.

Key Takeaway

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.

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