Pandemic motivates states to reduce the number of youths in juvenile justice facilities

According to Pew Trusts, states are taking seriously the risks of the virus for youth confined in juvenile justice facilities by aiming to reduce confined populations. The author notes that these shifts are inspired by the pandemic but align with the newest available public safety research findings that confinement doesn’t necessarily reduce recidivism. Specific strategies for reducing the correctional population include identifying lower-risk youth for community release (as in Michigan and California), releasing those who have almost completed their sentence (as in Illinois and New York), and releasing those who have served at least 90 days (as in Mississippi). #covid-19

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