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New report proposes six strategies to improve juvenile justice systems in the United States

Thursday 21st of June 2018
Juvenile Justice in the world

The CSG Justice Centre and the Centre for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University´s McCourt School of Public Policy have released a publication, ‘Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes’, detailing six possible strategies for states to employ in order to improve their juvenile justice systems, based on the input of nearly 50 researches, national experts and other professionals in this field. 

Confronted with various challenges, including questions of recidivism, limited resources, and performance accountability, these systems need to adapt rapidly to the current situation. Therefore, the publication proposes the following six main strategies:

- Decriminalising status offences and automatically diverting all youth who commit certain offences and are screened as low risk from court involvement.

- Developing professional standards and supports to cultivate a dedicated cadre of juvenile court judges and attorney.

- Tying conditions of supervision directly to youth´s delinquent offences and eliminating the practice of filing technical violations of probation and parole.

- Redefining the primary function of community supervision as promoting positive youth behaviour change.

- Focusing case planning and service delivery on strengthening youth´s connections to positive adults, peers and community supports.

- Using data and predictive analytics to guide system decisions and hold supervision agencies, courts, and service providers accountable for improved youth outcomes.

The report aims to be “a call to action to policymakers, state and county leaders, and agency administrators to move beyond discrete, incremental system improvements and fundamentally rethink the purpose and goals of juvenile justice systems.”

  • International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO). Belgian Public Utility Foundation

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  • Head Office: Rue Mercelis, nº 50. 1050. Brussels. Belgium

    Phone: 00 32 262 988 90. Fax: 00 32 262 988 99. oijj@oijj.org

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