Detention Reform in Rural Jurisdictions

challenges and opportunities

Posted January 1, 2008
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
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This report—the 15th installment in a series devoted to revolutionizing detention programs and practices in America—gives rural areas an expanded toolkit for overcoming the unique challenges associated with juvenile detention reform.

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Key Takeaway

The bad news? Rural communities must overcome a long list of obstacles when aiming for detention reform.

These challenges include: Smaller budgets, a shortage of subject matter experts, poor public transportation, overburdened staff, limited data capabilities and longer travel distances between point A and point B.

The really good news? These hurdles are no excuse for hesitation in undertaking juvenile detention reform. In fact, the Annie E. Casey Foundation discovered that when rural jurisdictions commit to change, meaningful progress isn’t just possible—it’s practically inevitable.