2018-06-27 National Governors Association

Juvenile Justice

Over the past several years, a number of states have adopted comprehensive juvenile justice reforms. The focus of these reforms has included policies to safely decrease the use of incarceration for youth; invest in community-based, family-focused services and supports and improve conditions of confinement for those youth who are placed in facilities out of home. These policies are not only more effective in reducing crime and rates of re-offending by justice-involved youth, but they is also more cost-effective. The NGA Center supports states in their efforts to improve the juvenile justice system by convening multi-state meetings and in-state workshops, as well as hosting webinars to help states develop innovative, effective and sustainable sentencing and corrections practices.

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National Governors Association

Founded in 1908, the National Governors Association (NGA) is the nonpartisan organization of the nation’s 55 governors. Through NGA, governors share best practices, address issues of national and state interest and share innovative solutions that improve state government and support the principles of federalism.