2017-09-27 National Governors Association

State Approaches to Implementing Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration for Youth Involved in the Justice System

In many states, governors have led bipartisan juvenile justice reform to improve youth outcomes and public safety. Guiding those efforts are: a better understanding of brain development; recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions; and evidence of the benefits of certain community-based, family-focused alternatives to incarceration through state and local models. State Approaches to Implementing Community-Based Alternatives to Incarceration for Youth Involved in the Justice System identifies recent state efforts to adopt alternatives to incarceration and discusses effective approaches that governors can take to implement reform strategies.

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