Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms

Council of State Governments Justice Center

After it came to light in 2007 that youth in state-run juvenile facilities had suffered a number of abuses, Texas state leaders made a concerted effort to reduce the number of youth in state-run secure correctional institutions and, over the course of seven years, invested hundreds of millions of dollars in local juvenile probation departments. (See Figure 1) Other states can point to similar efforts to address youth incarceration, driven by a combination of research, advocacy, litigation and fiscal considerations...


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