NLC introduces cities to the issues stemming from the overuse and misuse of jails, opportunities for city leadership to reduce the use of jails and attendant disparities, action steps to get started, and examples from around the country. The YEF Institute supports city leaders’ efforts to implement policies and practices that reduce the use of jail for youth and young adults (aged 18 – 24), and that reduce or eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in the use of jail.

The core concern for city leaders
of ensuring public safety involves
consideration of the roles of city
law enforcement and partner
criminal justice agencies in
arresting and removing young
people from the community.