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Potential for Change: Public Attitudes and Policy Preferences for Juvenile Justice Systems Reform

Published Nov 1, 2007, Center for Children's Law and Policy

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Summary of findings from a public opinion poll that included over-sampling in the four Models for Change states to determine attitudes held by the public there. Americans' attitudes about youth, race and crime reveal strong support for juvenile justice reforms that focus on rehabilitating youthful offenders rather than locking them up in adult prisons. The public also believes that African American and poor youth receive less favorable treatment than those who are white or middle class. Executive summaries are available specific to Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana and Washington.

Reform areas: Racial-ethnic fairness/DMC

States: Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Washington

Categories: Initiative materials

Tags: CCLP, MFC, opinion polling

Uploaded Jan 13, 2009

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