Since 2014, six states have participated in the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP) Smart on Juvenile Justice: A Comprehensive Strategy to Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative to reduce out-of-home placement for juveniles, increase community-based treatment, and improving outcomes for youth.

The Crime and Justice Institute has worked with all six states — Georgia, Hawaii, Kentucky, South Dakota, West Virginia, and Kansas — to implement legislative reforms and achieve those goals.

While the states shared common goals, each presented a unique set of challenges around juvenile justice.With CJI’s assistance around training, policy development, stakeholder engagement, and data analysis, these states are already seeing positive impacts.

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