Improving Outcomes for Youth Involved in the Juvenile Justice System

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The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The excessive use of incarceration in the United States has not been confined to the adult system—youth in this country are both detained and incarcerated at alarmingly high rates. This overuse of juvenile confinement comes at great cost to the futures of affected youth. It is also detrimental to families and the well-being of their communities.

The Local Deep End Initiative aims to decrease the number of youth offenders placed outside of their homes in institutions, boot camps, residential treatment centers, and group homes. The initiative focuses on local systems change and state-level policy reform. It uses a data-driven approach to policy change that relies on coalition building, community engagement, and strategic planning to narrow the pipeline to incarceration for youth while improving racial and gender equity and enhancing service provision.

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