Ten Truths about Juvenile Justice Reform
| Cataloged on:
Jan. 25, 2012
ANNOTATION: Guidance on how to achieve reductions in operational expenditures while implementing comprehensive juvenile justice reform is provided. While this publication is targeted for state lawmakers, its content should be taken into account by local decision makers. state Reform efforts should incorporate the following ten truths about juvenile justice: confinement is still necessary; juvenile residential programs should be community-based when possible; confinement should not be the default response; risk and needs assessments are important; traditional forms of discipline by parents and schools are still best; probation is an existing viable alternative; juveniles, even if sentenced as adults, should not go directly into adult facilities; performance incentive funding increases productivity, cost-efficiency, and positive outcomes; and reform is possible.