Friday, March 27, 2009

New Report on Successful Juvenile Detention Reform

The New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate issued a new report on juvenile detention that:
• Outlines the need for county and state leaders to capitalize on the success of detention center reforms that have resulted in fewer youth being confined in county detention centers.

• Focuses on strengthening services and creating innovative programs for youth involved with the juvenile justice system and to prevent youth from offending in the first place.

• Encourages counties to reinvest fiscal resources to build quality prevention and treatment programs, as well as detention alternatives.

• Emphasizes that investments in these resources will keep our children out of jail, in school and on the path to becoming productive residents ... Much of this can be done through creative, cost-neutral strategies and by streamlining and redirecting existing resources.
For more information on New Jersey's successful detention reform efforts.

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