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New Report Highlights Reforms in Status Offender Systems

When Vera staff began working to reform status offender systems almost a decade ago, chronically misbehaving youth were routinely referred to juvenile court and subject to the same punitive interventions as youth charged with criminal activity. Experience has shown that such interventions are costly and often exacerbate existing family challenges. Today, as jurisdictions evaluate and refine their status offender systems, a new paradigm is emerging that aims to provide immediate, individualized services to youth and their families outside of the juvenile court system. Making Court the Last Resort: A New Focus for Supporting Families in Crisis [pdf], a new report from Vera’s Center on Youth Justice, describes this new paradigm by highlighting successful status offender system reforms in Florida, New York, and Connecticut.

The Vera Institute of Justice is an independent, nonprofit organization that combines expertise in research, demonstration projects, and technical assistance to help leaders in government and civil society improve the systems people rely on for justice and safety.

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terance brouse said…
Great Blog. I am really interested in criminal justice and I work with young offenders.

I was wondering if you could help me find some info.

I am trying to articulate the cost-range that a recidivist youth would have to the system in his lifetime, in terms of incarceration, probation, policing, rehabilitation, costs to society, etc, assuming this kid was in-and-out of prison between his youth and his adult life. much of his life.

Do you have any thoughts on where I might source such stats? Has The Centre of Criminology have any stats in that regard?


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