Throughout the country, juvenile justice staff and partners have made great progress advancing approaches that improve outcomes for youth, families, and communities. Notable developments include the proliferation of actuarial tools to inform decision-making, reductions in the use of detention for low-risk youth, implementation of evidence-based programs, and the application of brain and adolescent development science to everyday practice. Despite these advancements, many jurisdictions continue to struggle to shape a holistic, fair, and effective juvenile justice system from top to bottom—one that supports youth and families throughout every stage of the process.
The 2019 Janet Reno Forum, sponsored by Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., seeks to answer the question: what exactly does the ideal juvenile justice system look like and how do we get there? The forum will feature experts from around the United States who will discuss guiding principles and strategies for building the ideal juvenile justice system.