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Juvenile Justice

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  • Issue Brief

Current criminal justice policies lead 11 million people to enter U.S. jails each year. The effects of short jail sentences and more commonly, pre-trial confinement, include loss of jobs and housing; stigma and disenfranchisement from criminal…

Reducing the Use of Jails
Reducing the Use of Jails

Youth with sustained involvement in the juvenile justice system face serious challenges to making the normal developmental progress that helps cities thrive – for instance, with steps such as completing schooling, getting jobs, and living…

Deep End Youth
Deep End Youth
  • CitiesSpeak

This is a guest post by Mayor Mitch Landrieu of New Orleans.

Prior to Hurricane Katrina, the city of New Orleans’s jail population exceeded 6,500 inmates. When we came into office in 2010, we made a commitment to the people of New Orleans…

New Orleans
New Orleans
  • CitiesSpeak

Jail misuse and overuse have taken a heavy toll on our communities. They have become warehouses for people with mental health and substance abuse issues — rather than a place for those who pose a flight risk or threat to public safety.  Local…

People at a table.
People at a table.
  • CitiesSpeak

Jails open the “front door of mass incarceration,” and cities have opportunities to reduce the number of people entering jail. Cities can take measures such as providing local law enforcement with better tools and alternatives to arrest,…

Birmingham, Alabama
Birmingham, Alabama
  • Research Report

A young person’s involvement in the juvenile justice system often begins with an encounter with law
enforcement and his or her arrest as a result of that encounter. Many youth who are arrested for low-level
offenses such as skipping…

  • Research Report

The YEF Institute recommends that cities adopt a framework for juvenile justice reform that draws upon current research into adolescent development. The research confirms the common sense notion that adolescents are especially prone to risky…

  • Research Report

City leaders can increase public safety and improve outcomes for young residents by changing how their cities respond to young people implicated in delinquent acts or accused of crimes. When city policies end up channeling large numbers of youth…

  • CitiesSpeak

A new online resource with concrete strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models is available to city officials looking for positive results from their municipality's juvenile justice system programs.

photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
photo - Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
  • CitiesSpeak

Here are three specific areas in which cities and their partners can continue to demonstrate effective practices, adopt supportive policies, and determine what’s needed to grow initiatives that benefit more youth.

photo - Cities Can Lead National Effort to Get More Young People Working Again
photo - Cities Can Lead National Effort to Get More Young People Working Again