Kid “jails” are routinely found to be unsafe, unhealthy and unconstitutional. Not in Missouri. Its award-winning, unconventional approach for dealing with the most hardened juvenile offenders is producing incredible results with less money. It has been widely cited and often praised—but seldom replicated. This nuts and bolts report is here to change that.
25% to 30% of kids in the program had some form of family therapy before leaving custody.
Findings & Stats
Missouri closed its training schools for juvenile delinquents nearly 30 years ago and there’s not been one agency suicide since that time.
Saving Taxpayers Money
$3 - $6 million can be saved by keeping just 1 high-risk kid away from a life of crime.
Statements & Quotations
The success of the Department of Youth Services approach—indeed, the entire Missouri model—depends on helping troubled and chronically delinquent young people make deep and lasting changes in how they behave, think, view them¬selves, and foresee their futures.
In many ways, the Missouri approach to juve¬nile corrections requires swimming against the current. Missouri’s methods challenge conven¬tional wisdom and tough-on-crime political orthodoxy. They upset bureaucratic norms, and they demand constant creativity, commitment, and compassion from staff.