Juvenile Justice Reform

NLC supports and informs city leaders and stakeholders interested in improving public safety and reforming the juvenile justice system to encourage the widespread adoption of evidence-based practices and ensure the fair treatment of all youth.

By identifying proven local practices and translating those into concrete steps cities can take, we work to empower cities to take a more comprehensive role in the national movement to improve the juvenile justice system.

Getting Started  
An outline of the first few steps a cities can take to get started improving outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Alternatives to Arrest and Detention
Leadership and engagement by local officials can build opportunities to hold youth accountable and avoid the consequences of detention and confinement.

Supports for Youth Returning to the Community After Arrest and Detention
City agencies can support the success of young people by enhancing opportunities for work, school, community engagement and other pro-social activities.

Local Reforms to Reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities
Even after decades of reform and investment to reduce racial and ethnic disparities in the juvenile justice system, problems remain. Local leaders can institute evidence-based practices that reduce disparities.