The number of adolescents involved in crime has steadily declined over the past few decades. Yet many youths still enter the juvenile justice system each year, and roughly 60,000 are placed in detention. Policymakers are starting to heed research showing that committing juveniles to correctional facilities can lead to greater involvement in crime, and reallocating resources to family-based therapy and drug treatment programs. Those priorities are reflected in Congress’ proposed Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA), which would be the largest reform to the juvenile justice system in decades. Council for a Strong America is working to make this plan a reality and put more kids on a path away from crime.
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