North Dakota

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.

North Dakota launched an IOYouth initiative in 2019 to conduct a data-driven review of its juvenile justice system. CSG Justice Center staff conducted reviews of data, statute, and policy, as well as focus groups with stakeholders from across the state. Findings and recommendations were presented to the Commission on Juvenile Justice in 2020. The commission used those recommendations to develop legislation, which the governor signed into law in April 2021. The legislation is designed to increase access to services and improve outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.