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Juvenile services committee: Disproportionate amount of minority youth in the system

Wednesday 13th of June 2018 | North America, United States
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During the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday, officials talked about the Lancaster County Juvenile Services Comprehensive Plan, which aims to evaluate and improve the juvenile system and identify areas of needed improvement.

The plan is developed by a subcommittee of the Lancaster County Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) Collaborative, and found a disproportionate amount of minority youth continue to be in the system.

In 2015, Lancaster County developed a three-year plan with five key priorities:
- Utilize multi-disciplinary collaboration with the schools to partner in preventing juvenile justice system involvement;
- Prevent the onset and recurrence of youth entering the juvenile justice system or committing future offenses;
- Reduce the racial and ethnic disparity of youth in the juvenile justice system; 
- Ensure service availability for all youth and their families; and
- Infuse Restorative Justice throughout every system point.

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