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NCJ Number: 159700 Find in a Library
Title: Links Between Early Childhood Services, Juvenile Justice
Journal: Youth Law News  Volume:16  Issue:1  Dated:(January-February 1995)  Pages:4-8
Corporate Author: National Conference of State Legislatures
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: National Conference of State Legislatures
Denver, CO 80202
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research findings increasingly indicate that prevention and early childhood intervention through quality care and programming is more cost-effective than current juvenile corrections policies and that the use of community-based care is more effective than locked facilities in reducing juvenile recidivism rates.
Abstract: Despite stable rates of total juvenile offenses, the most serious offenses appear to be becoming more lethal and to involve younger and younger children. Despite the research findings and the rapidly growing costs of juvenile corrections, legislators face public perceptions that making penalties harsher will improve public safety and welfare. Legislators must also balance effective long-term policy with their constituents' demands for immediate, short-term solutions. Several State legislatures have included early childhood initiatives and other prevention efforts in their juvenile violence prevention packages. However, in all states most fiscal resources are still devoted to reacting to crime after the fact, focusing on punishment and incarceration. However, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Washington demonstrate how some innovative legislators are expanding the policy debate to include consideration of the long-term implications of prevention and early intervention. Photographs
Main Term(s): Juvenile correctional reform
Index Term(s): Child development; Family support; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile delinquency prevention
Note: Reprinted in abridged form from Early childhood Care and Education: An Investment That Works, published by the National Conference of State Legislatures
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