About the Youth Program

The CSG Justice Center’s Youth program supports state and local governments and nonprofits to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system by adopting and more effectively implementing proven practices. Since its inception, staff have partnered with more than 25 states and dozens of counties to enhance public safety, reduce recidivism, and promote the efficient use of resources to improve youth outcomes. The Youth program offers expertise through the following approaches:



Improving Outcomes for Youth: A Statewide Juvenile Justice Initiative (IOYouth) guides state policymakers and system leaders through conducting a comprehensive, data-driven assessment of the juvenile justice system, from diversion to reentry; identifying opportunities to use limited resources more effectively to protect public safety; and implementing statewide system improvement efforts.



Technical Assistance (TA) staff serve all Second Chance Act juvenile justice grant recipients through the National Reentry Resource Center, in addition to other federal grantees, states, and counties through fee-for-service contracts. Technical assistance helps states, localities, and nonprofits improve supervision and service decisions and programs, evaluate system performance, and use data to hold agencies and providers accountable for results.



Publications and Resources offer information and guidance for the field, including briefs about how to strengthen educational and vocational outcomes for incarcerated youth, practical tools like juvenile recidivism-reduction checklists, and exemplary strategies for increasing family engagement and implementing evidence-based programs.




Research ventures like the Closer to Home study involve in-depth analyses that examine the impact of juvenile justice system improvement efforts and provide lessons learned for jurisdictions across the country.



For more information on how the CSG Justice Center can assist your efforts, please contact Josh Weber at jweber@csg.org.