In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How rural communities and youths compare to their urban counterparts.

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    Hurdles to detention reform in rural settings.

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    How rural sites are tackling detention reform (and getting it right).

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    Tips for boosting detention reform efforts in rural areas.

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.

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