In 2014, OJJDP selected Kentucky, Hawaii, and Georgia to participate in its Comprehensive Juvenile Justice System Improvement Initiative. Since then, South Dakota and West Virginia (2015), Kansas (2016), and Utah (2017) have joined the initiative. Under the initiative’s Comprehensive Strategy to Juvenile Justice Reform, these states are working to provide diversion alternatives, community-based options, and other improvements to reduce recidivism, decrease correctional spending, and improve public safety. OJJDP awarded funding to the Crime and Justice Institute of Community Resources for Justice to provide training and technical assistance to help these states implement their juvenile justice improvements.
The following OJJDP-sponsored publications provide implementation updates for each state:
- Implementing Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Improvement in Kentucky
- Implementing Comprehensive Juvenile Justice System Improvement in Hawaii
- Implementing Juvenile Justice System Improvement in Georgia
Resources:Read more about the participating states in the Comprehensive Juvenile Justice System Improvement Initiative.