Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform, 2007-2008

Jan 07, 2009
  • Description

"Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform" catalogs the wide and impressive array of reforms in the field of juvenile justice that occurred over the last year and a half. Highlighted reforms include newly passed state and federal laws, administrative policy changes, judicial decisions, and new funding allocations. The document also includes a new section, "Promising Commissions and Studies," that focuses on a range of government-sponsored efforts which are frequently the precursors to concrete, instituted reform. Specific reforms included in the publication are the closure of large, harmful juvenile prisons; increase in programs that offer community-based alternatives to confinement; strengthened practice standards for juvenile defenders; and additional procedural and substantive protections for youth in and out of court.