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North Carolina Reaping the Benefits of Justice Reinvestment Act of 2011

Three years after enacting comprehensive reforms to its criminal justice system, North Carolina is showing significant signs of success from its data-driven, “justice reinvestment” approach, according to a report released today by the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center.

Salt Lake County Launches Sweeping Study of Jail Population

The Criminal Justice Advisory Council (CJAC) announced plans for a comprehensive analysis of Salt Lake County’s jail population in an effort to identify ways to reduce re-offense rates among people released from jail and design strategies to improve outcomes for the large portion of the jail population struggling with mental and substance abuse disorders.

New Report Highlights States with Fewer Returns to Prison

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Two governors today pointed to successes in their states and data from a new report to demonstrate that bipartisan, research-driven approaches to corrections and public safety issues are generating results across the country.

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Study: Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms Having Positive Effect

A new nonpartisan study released on Thursday revealed positive effects from juvenile justice reforms passed in Texas during recent years, with the state showing a significant drop in the juvenile incarceration rate while the juvenile crime rate also fell during the same time period.

School Resource Officers: Safety Priority or Part of the Problem?

In theory, so-called school resource officers are supposed to foster exactly what many civil rights groups are campaigning for: better relations between law enforcement and citizens, particularly minorities and lower-income families. In practice, some say, they are worsening the situation, facilitating the “school-to-prison pipeline” rather than curbing it.

Texas Sees Drop in Juvenile Arrests Amid Reforms

A new study released Thursday found the Texas juvenile justice system’s shift from incarcerating youths in state prisons to local and community juvenile detention centers corresponds with the drop in crime committed by young people.

Study Touts Community Programs for Juvenile Offenders

Juveniles in Texas who break the law are less likely to reoffend if they’re placed in community supervision programs instead of state facilities, according to a report released Thursday by criminal justice researchers.

Texas Juvenile Justice Reformers Take A Victory Lap

Since a 2007 sex abuse scandal at a state-run youth lockup in West Texas, state lawmakers have entirely remade Texas’ juvenile justice system, shuttering many of the state’s prison-like juvenile facilities and keeping many more kids under supervision close to home.

Youth Crime Falls After Juvenile Jail Rates Cut

A new study concludes that the Texas juvenile justice system’s shift away from housing youths in state-run detention facilities has coincided with a sharp drop in crime committed by young people.

Study: Texas Cut Juvenile Jail Rates, Saw Youth Crime Fall

A sweeping nonpartisan study released Thursday suggests Texas can be a model for improving juvenile justice systems nationwide, concluding that the state’s dramatic shift away from sending youths to detention facilities has coincided with a sharp drop in crime committed by young people.

OP-ED: 10 Lessons for Juvenile Justice Field from Texas Study

The report, “Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms,” not only has great value in the Lone Star State, it also delivers important lessons for the juvenile justice field in communities across the U.S.

Politico: Closer to Home

Texas youth in state correctional facilities are 21 percent more likely to be rearrested after they’re released than juveniles sentenced to community-based supervision closer to home.