States to Concentrate on Juvenile Justice Reforms

National Governors Association 

WASHINGTON—The National Governors Association (NGA) today announced the selection of four states Arkansas, Indiana, Michigan and Tennessee to examine ways to improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

Over the next several months, these state teams will explore strategic recommendations, focusing on improving information sharing across youth-servicing systems, limiting involvement of low-risk youth in the juvenile justice system and expanding community based-alternatives to incarceration. By implementing policies and practices shown to improve outcomes for justice-involved youth, states can lower recidivism rates, reduce costs and improve public safety.

Selected states will:

  • Participate in a two-day meeting in Connecticut;
  • Participate in regular networking activities;
  • Receive ongoing technical assistance from NGA staff and national experts; and
  • Identify potential recommendations to be presented to their governor.

“I am pleased Indiana was selected to participate in this process,” said Indiana Gov. Mike Pence. “I look forward to hearing what our team learns from their counterparts about successful reforms, best practices and the latest research to help our young people.”

To learn more about NGA’s Homeland Security & Public Safety Division, please visit http://nga.org/cms/center/hsps.