We Must Continue to Fund the State’s Juvenile Review Boards

CT Mirror Viewpoints
August 1, 2018

Opinion
Leon Smith, Director, CCA Juvenile Justice Project

For years, legislators sang the praises of Juvenile Review Boards, because community-based JRBs helped kids succeed more frequently– and more cheaply – than the juvenile justice system. But when the General Assembly moved juvenile justice from one state agency to another, it neglected to move the funding for JRBs that serve our largest cities. That means fewer second chances and fewer essential services – mainly for young people of color and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Our state frequently cannot find the money to support these youth, though the funding for the more expensive strategies of prosecution and even incarceration is never in short supply.  read story

 




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