We Can, Should Hold Kids on Probation Accountable in Developmentally Appropriate Way

Senior Program Officer Marie Williams reflects on why and how kids on probation should be held accountable in developmentally appropriate ways. 

In 2015, the most recent year for which we have comprehensive data, there were approximately 48,000 youth in residential placement facilities across the country. That’s down 55 percent from 1999, when our juvenile justice systems housed more than 100,000 young people. 

This significant decline suggests that the push for decarceration of youth is working. Fewer young people are being removed from their homes and communities for behaviors that come into conflict with the law. What we haven’t seen, however, is a corresponding decrease in the use of juvenile probation to sanction young people for delinquency or status offenses.

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