The CSG Justice Center’s Youth Program helps state and local officials develop and implement policies and practices based on the best available research to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.
Juvenile incarceration rates have declined nationwide over the past 15 years by over 50 percent, and arrest rates have dropped to their lowest level in more than three decades. While such changes have produced substantial savings at no cost to public safety, investments in community-based services have not typically resulted in reductions in recidivism rates or improvements in educational and employment outcomes, for example, for youth under juvenile justice system supervision. As a result, many state and local leaders are seeking to determine what additional steps are needed to ensure resources are used efficiently to help youth in contact with the juvenile justice system to transition to a crime-free and productive adulthood.
This work in the area of youth is supported by key partners including the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, Georgetown University’s Center on Juvenile Justice Reform, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and others.