Targeting juvenile justice leverage points to stimulate system-wide reforms
Models for Change focuses juvenile justice system efforts on targeted issues to build on existing progress and stimulate system-wide change. Each state's selection of targeted issues for change depends on its history, resources, strengths and needs.
Reform areas include:
In a model system, youth returning to the community after a period of residential placement would be quickly connected with the programs and services they need to adjust and succeed.
In a model system, responses to delinquency would be local and informal whenever possible, and all but a limited number of youth would be supervised, sanctioned, and treated in community settings.
In a model system, programs, practices and services would be based on research, having demonstrated their effectiveness or shown a strong likelihood of success in improving juvenile offenders’ behavior or skills.
A model system would safeguard the procedural and substantive rights of all youth who come into conflict with the law.
In a model system, professionals in the fields of juvenile justice, child welfare, mental health, substance abuse, and education would work collaboratively to meet the needs of youth without unnecessary system involvement.
In a model system, youth would receive fair treatment regardless of their race or ethnicity.
A model system would feature individualized and developmentally appropriate handling of young people accused of crime.