Hawaii enacted juvenile justice reform legislation in 2014. In the two years since then, the state has seen a 62 percent reduction in the number of youth sent to the Hawaii Youth Correctional Facility. With fewer youth coming into the system, that leaves more time and resources to dedicate to rehabilitation.
In 2013, Hawaii established a task force and enlisted the help of the Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) and the Pew Charitable Trusts to reduce the out-of-home population, while protecting public safety, holding youth accountable, and improving outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. That task force issued recommendations that served as the basis for Act 201, which the legislature passed and the governor signed into law in 2014.
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