Politico: Closer to Home


By Caitlin Emma

‘CLOSER TO HOME’: Texas youth in state correctional facilities are 21 percent more likely to be rearrested after they’re released than juveniles sentenced to community-based supervision closer to home. That’s according to a new report from the Council of State Governments Justice Center. The study looks at nearly 1 million records for Texas juveniles. When youth held in state-run facilities are released, they often go back to their old ways and they’re three times more likely to commit a felony, the study finds. The authors also note that the juvenile justice population is dropping as states increasingly move youth to county-run facilities without compromising public safety. The Council plans to release the report today at an event held at the Texas Supreme Court.