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Successful Strategies for Reforming Juvenile Detention

Volume 63 Number 2
December 1999

Three jurisdictions that participated in a foundation-supported comprehensive juvenile detention reform initiative made significant strides in reducing inappropriate admissions, shortening processing times, and improving failure-to-appear and pretrial re-arrest rates. Author Bart Lubow offers their experiences as evidence that collaboratively conceived, data-driven policies and programs can transform many of today�s chronically crowded, idiosyncratic detention systems into models of fairness, efficiency, and effectiveness.