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Report: Progress on juvenile justice, problems remain

from The Pew Charitable Trusts

In juvenile justice circles, things are seen to be improving: Youth prisons are closing. Mental health screenings are becoming standard. Right-to-counsel for young offenders has been affirmed. For a variety of reasons, including cutting costs, state legislatures are moving away from the punishment-focused policies for young offenders passed in the 1980s and 1990s, when juvenile crime was rising, and moving toward rehabilitation, according to a report released by the National Conference of State Legislatures. more

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