A pair of recently released reports by the non-profit Pew Charitable Trusts describe how reforms in Texas and Ohio saved the states money while significantly reducing the number of youths in state facilities.
One report details a state-local partnership in Ohio that expanded county-level access to cost-efficient community-based options for juvenile offenders.
“The program has helped cut recidivism rates and saved the state millions of dollars,” according to Pew.
The other report analyzes reforms to Texas' juvenile corrections system that “led to a significant reduction in the state-level committed population and yielded millions of dollars in cost savings while protecting public safety. “
Reforms in Texas in the last six years, include: a reduction in the maximum age of youth permitted in state juvenile facilities from 21 to 19, a redirection of resources from state to county programs, and financial incentives to counties willing to handle juvenile offenders locally.
Read the Ohio report HERE.
Read the Texas report HERE.