America’s longstanding youth prison model, which emphasizes confinement and control, exacerbates youth trauma and inhibits positive growth while failing to address public safety.  This report delivers a clear and compelling call to close these youth prisons. It also introduces readers to an alternate model — rooted in a continuum of community-based programs — that aims to set all children on a pathway to success.

October 21, 2016

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why the youth prison model is a failed model.

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    Why we must consider community-based alternatives to confinement.

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    Recommendations on fixing our flawed juvenile justice system.

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    Characteristics of well-designed community-based programs.

Key Takeaway

Here’s the plan: reduce, reform, replace and reinvest

The research is clear: Youth prisons damage the very people they are supposed to help. To reorient this broken system, we must take four action steps. These are: 1) reduce the pipeline into youth prisons by at least half; 2) reform the culture that wrongly assumes locking up kids makes us safer; 3) replace youth prisons with a range of services that will really help kids; and 4) stop spending money on what doesn’t work and reinvest it in a community-based system that does.

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