Municipal Action Guide: Increasing Public Safety and Improving Outcomes for Youth through Juvenile Justice Reform

Municipal Action Guide: Increasing Public Safety and Improving Outcomes for Youth through Juvenile Justice Reform

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National League of Cities Institute for Youth, Education & Families

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 into a juvenile justice system that emphasizes arrests and detention, these policies inadvertently jeopardize rather than enhance public safety and security, particularly in high-crime neighborhoods. At the same time, when young people who come to the attention of law enforcement for low-level offenses (e.g., school truancy, drug use or petty theft) are treated as more serious criminals, these decisions reduce the likelihood that these youth can regain their footing and greatly diminish their future prospects.

This guide features the need for juvenile justice reform by cities; strategies and action steps local leaders can take to increase public safety and improve youth outcomes in their cities; and local examples of success. 

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