Promoting a New Direction for Youth Justice: Strategies to Fund a Community-Based Continuum of Care and Opportunity

Urban InstituteResearch has shown that community-based strategies to prevent and address harmful youth behaviors are more effective than incarceration, yet the United States still spends most juvenile justice resources on youth prisons. There is therefore a critical need to identify promising and innovative ways to fund community-based resources and alternatives, particularly in communities that experience concentrated disadvantage. This publication from the Urban Institute details how jurisdictions across the country are working to invest in programming and community development in an effort to improve outcomes for youth and families, and explores how states and localities can help to ensure that their communities are able to fund programs, supports, and opportunities for residents that promote healthy development and strengthen neighborhoods.