Closing Youth Prisons: Lessons from Agency Administrators

This research-to-practice brief summarizes interview findings from juvenile justice system administrators in communities that are moving away from youth prisons and toward investing in community-based solutions. The interviews from these agency administrators identified four key lessons: maximize windows of opportunity to establish a continuum of community care; develop strategic partnerships with advocates to prioritize relevant issues for juvenile justice reform; collaborate with youth, families, and community members who interact with juvenile ex-offenders; and use data and research to make the case for closing youth prisons. Interviews were conducted with juvenile justice administrators in Louisiana, Wisconsin, New York, and the District of Columbia.
Record Type: 
Research-To-Practice Brief
Publication Date: 
March, 2020
Date: 
March 2020
Source: 
Partner Resources
State: 
District of Columbia
Louisiana
New York
Wisconsin
Topics/Subtopics: 
  • Special Populations
    • Incarcerated and Individuals with a Criminal Record
    • Youth in Transition
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