How to Best Treat High Risk Juvenile Offenders in Connecticut

Posted by Julie Revaz

Lessons learned in Conn. can be applied to other states grappling with high risk youth

In Connecticut, you might say that these are the best of times and the worst of times. At the end of the last fiscal year, the state budget crisis prompted the layoff of dozens of probation officers, consolidation of several courts, elimination of some contracted services and a whopping, across-the-board, 6.9-percent budget reduction to all remaining juvenile services. What’s worse, additional cuts may be required as the current fiscal year closes. 

However, in what is broadly considered a victory for children, the governor recently called for the closure of the state’s only secure facility for sentenced youth, the Connecticut Juvenile Training School (CJTS).

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Topics: CT juvenile justice reform

Rethinking Juvenile Justice Reform in Connecticut

Posted by Lori Moore, MST Services

Raising the age

When does a kid become an adult? When do you move a violator from juvenile to adult court? In North Carolina,16-year-olds are considered adults. In other states, including Connecticut, the age is 18.

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Topics: juvenile justice, CT juvenile justice reform, juvenile justice system

How Connecticut Turned Around Its Juvenile Justice System

Posted by Julie Revaz

Fewer than 15 years ago, Connecticut’s network of contracted programs to rehabilitate juvenile offenders was in jeopardy. The programs were not producing good enough results to justify their cost. And yet, in the past five years, there has been a 40-percent decrease in arrests. So, how did Connecticut turn the tide?ct

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Topics: juvenile justice, CT juvenile justice reform

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