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NCJ Number: 251134 Find in a Library
Title: Kentucky's Senate Bill 200: Comprehensive Reform Implementation Successes
Corporate Author: Crime and Justice Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 2017
Page Count: 1
Sponsoring Agency: Crime and Justice Institute
Boston, MA 02116
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2014-ZB-BX-K011
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Factsheet; Legislation/Policy Description; Program Description (Demonstrative); Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the provisions of Kentucky’s juvenile justice reform legislation (Bill 200), features of the technical assistance for implementing it, and the outcomes of the implementation.
Abstract: The objectives of Bill 200 are to increase the diversion of justice-involved youth, limit their out-of-home placement, and reinvest the resulting cost savings in community services and a fiscal incentive program. Diversion of youth is achieved by codifying mandatory diversion for lower level offenses and establishing Family Accountability, Intervention and Response (FAIR) teams to promote and implement diversion programs. Out-of-home placements are to be reduced by prohibiting it for minor offenses and limiting the length of time in such placements. The use of graduated responses, risk assessment, and effective case planning are required. Technical assistance for the implementation of Bill 200 includes assistance in drafting juvenile court rules to limit diversion-eligible cases from going to court and personnel training in the principles of effective intervention and graduated responses in diversion. Training was also provided in scoring risk assessments properly and in the implementation and monitoring of evidence-based programs. Outcomes from the implementation of the legislation were a 38-percent decline in court referrals and a 31-percent increase in diversions. A significant decline occurred in out-of-home placements. In fiscal year 2017, there were three correctional facility closures and an increase in the involvement of youth in evidence-based community programs. New contracts were issued for intensive in-home services for high-risk youth in Kentucky’s two largest counties.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Diversion programs; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile justice policies; Kentucky; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources; State laws; Technical assistance plans
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