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Looking for information about recent youth justice reforms — or for inspiration and ideas based on reforms from other states? Want to drill down to see the actual legislation, policy, or other documentation related to a specific reform? it's all here in NJJN’s online Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform. 

Compiled by the National Juvenile Justice Network, the listings include a wide array of youth justice reforms from across the country: significant new laws, administrative rule and practice changes, positive court decisions, and promising commissions and studies. Many of the reforms are due to the hard work of NJJN members.

The advances listed are culled primarily from the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Juvenile Justice Bill Tracking Database and from NJJN members, partners, and allies. While not exhaustive, we have made every effort to include those reforms that truly result in better outcomes for youth and families. Due to space and labor limitations, a large number of reforms focused primarily on prevention — although crucial to fixing the system — are not included. Lastly, please note that although we have categorized the reforms by subject area, this is for convenience only; the best reform efforts have impacts in many areas.

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