A first-of-its-kind study comparing Texas youth with nearly identical characteristics shows that juveniles under community-based supervision are far less likely to reoffend than those incarcerated in state correctional facilities, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in partnership with Texas A&M University, announced today.
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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.
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A first-of-its-kind study from the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center reveals that Texas youth fare better under community-based supervision and are far less likely to reoffend than those incarcerated in state correctional facilities.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.