Juvenile courts and corrections systems in the U.S. are littered with outdated policies that increase crime, endanger kids, waste billions of taxpayer dollars and violate our values about equal justice under the law. This issue brief calls on political leaders in Washington, D.C. to promote data-driven and evidence-based policymaking for juvenile justice reform.  

January 5, 2009

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why Washington should take the lead in juvenile justice reform.

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    What federal policy recommendations Casey finds absolutely critical.

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    How Casey’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is decreasing adolescent crime.

Key Takeaway

Federal policy for combating juvenile delinquency lags way behind data-driven, evidence-based reforms.

Despite evidence of widespread rights violations in juvenile justice, the federal government has done little in recent years to expand or intensify its efforts to protect the safety and well-being of court-involved youth.

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