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Rethinking Juvenile Detention: Better Outcomes With Fewer Lockups

Re-Examining Juvenile Incarceration

What if you don’t lock them up?

With the annual cost of keeping a teen in juvenile detention topping $100,000 in many states, authorities increasingly are turning to community-based programs for youths who commit less serious crimes.

And states that have pursued alternatives to lockup are seeing fewer repeat offenders as well as saving money, according to a new analysis by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Continue Reading →

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Senate Panel Hearing Airs Whistleblowers’ OJJDP Concerns

Dirksen Senate Office Building

“Last year, multiple whistleblowers contacted me about the Justice Department’s failure to follow the law,” said Grassley, R-Iowa, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing. “The whistleblowers allege that it is common knowledge among the states that the Justice Department did not take the four core requirements [of the law] seriously.” Continue Reading →

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Senate Judiciary Hearing to Focus on Whistleblower Claims, OJJDP Grants

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa.

WASHINGTON — Whistleblowers’ allegations that millions of dollars in federal juvenile justice grants went to states that jailed vulnerable youths with adults in violation of federal law will be scrutinized at a congressional hearing Tuesday.

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s oversight hearing will focus on a monthslong inquiry led by committee chairman Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa. Continue Reading →

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Report Touts Benefits of NY’s ‘Close to Home’

Staying Connected: Keeping Justice-Involved Youth 'Close to Home' in New York City

For years, many juvenile offenders in New York City had been exiled to upstate facilities — hundreds of miles from families, schools and communities. This continued despite mounting evidence that keeping such youth closer to home improves the odds of reducing recidivism, continuing their progress in school through their local school systems and helping them successfully re-enter the community. Continue Reading →

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