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.

Indiana leaders launched an IOYouth initiative in September 2020 to help the state identify policies and practices to protect public safety, reduce racial and ethnic disparities, and improve outcomes for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system.

In August 2021, the Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, along with leaders from Indiana’s legislative, executive and judicial branches, launched a comprehensive, data-driven review of Indiana’s juvenile justice system. The bipartisan Juvenile Justice Reform Task Force will analyze the state’s youth justice system landscape and identify policy changes to promote positive outcomes for Indiana youth and strengthen public safety.