Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOYouth) works with state and local jurisdictions to align their policies, practices, and resource allocation with what research shows works to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth while enhancing public safety.

IOYouth positions state and local policymakers as well as system leaders across branches of government to:

  • Match youth with the most effective level and type of supervision and services in facilities and the community;
  • Track system performance and outcomes and hold state and local agencies and service providers accountable for results; and
  • Ensure that resources are allocated efficiently across the juvenile justice and other youth-serving systems, as well as across state and local lines.

The CSG Justice Center partners with jurisdictions over an 18-month period to establish a bipartisan, inter-branch task force; conduct a data-driven assessment of the juvenile justice system, from the point a youth is referred to the system through a youth’s reentry into the community; provide recommendations for improvement; and offer technical assistance.

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Key Staff


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Josh Weber
Deputy Division Director, Corrections and Reentry
Josh Weber directs the CSG Justice Center's Juvenile Justice program, which focuses on helping states use effective methods to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Previously, Josh spent 10 years working on
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building the capacity of programs and systems that serve vulnerable youth in the juvenile justice, youth development, workforce development, and child welfare systems. Josh managed research programs for the Youth Development and Research Fund in Maryland and the Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago. In addition, Josh led the development and implementation of NYC Administration for Children’s Services' alternative to placement and reentry program for juveniles using evidence-based practices. He also directed the District of Columbia’s Justice Grants Administration, which managed all federal juvenile and criminal justice grants for the District. Josh received his BA in psychology from Duke University and his MA in public administration from Princeton University.
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Nina Salomon
Deputy Program Director, Corrections and Reentry
Nina Salomon oversees the Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide Juvenile Justice Initiative, supporting states develop, adopt, and implement legislative reforms. Nina was a lead author of the School Discipline Consensus Report, and leads the organizations efforts on improving educational outcomes for
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youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Previously, she was a policy advisor at EducationCounsel LLC, a national policy and legal consulting firm, where she provided assistance to clients at state education agencies, school districts, and national organizations to advance policy change. As an investment associate at The Chicago Public Education Fund, Nina conducted due diligence on prospective investments and managed projects to ensure they achieved performance benchmarks. She also conducted research and wrote policy briefs and funding guides to support charter schools and youth development programs, and worked in government relations for a national youth development organization. Nina earned a BA in political science from The George Washington University and an MSEd in education policy from the University of Pennsylvania.
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Jacob Agus-Kleinman
Policy Analyst, Corrections and Reentry
Jacob Agus-Kleinman works with the juvenile justice team to provide technical assistance to states, counties, and non-profit organizations to improve outcomes for youth in both criminal and juvenile justice systems. Prior to joining the CSG Justice Center, he worked with
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Pew’s Public Safety Performance Project, supporting states in the adoption of adult and juvenile sentencing and corrections reforms. Earlier in his career, he worked with Lawyers Without Borders, the Washtenaw County Public Defender’s Office, and as an AmeriCorps VISTA with the Arab-American Family Support Center. Jacob received a BGS with a concentration in urban studies from the University of Michigan and is a Justice Policy Network Fellow.
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Emily Rogers
Senior Research Associate, Research
Emily Rogers performs data analysis for juvenile justice projects. Before the CSG Justice Center, Emily worked to produce justice system measures, evaluate programs, and manage data in both criminal and juvenile justice systems for Travis County, Texas. She also worked
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at the Austin/Travis County Reentry Roundtable to coordinate reentry efforts and increase community engagement on reentry issues. She earned a BA in English from Vassar College and her MSS from the Bryn Mawr Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.
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