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Innovation Brief: Local Detention Reform Leading to State Adoption of Best Practice Detention Standards

Published Dec 12, 2013, Dana Kaplan, Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana & Stephen Phillippi, PhD, Louisiana State University School of Public Health: Institute for Public Health & Justice

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Statewide standards for juvenile detention facilities were produced through a collaborative effort utilizing and accelerating local reforms from Models for Change sites in Louisiana. These standards have improved the expected level of safety, quality of care, and accountability within juvenile detention centers. They have also been lauded by national experts for their quality. Implementation of the licensing standards has resulted in immediate positive outcomes for youth in these facilities.

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Models for Change is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, website operated by Justice Policy Institute.