Restorative Approach to Youth Justice Contributes to 60% Drop in Incarceration

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“Prison Fellowship has been a leader in advocating for less reliance on youth incarceration for over 40 years,” said . “When young people are held accountable in ways that reflect their dignity and potential, we see better outcomes for public safety, stronger families, and better futures for youth. That’s why Prison Fellowship continues to work with states to advance a truly restorative model of youth justice.” 

“This dramatic decrease in youth incarceration has been driven by adopting approaches to youth justice that hold incarceration as a last resort,” said . “This work in several states across the country has been achieved through longstanding partnerships between juvenile justice department officials, lawmakers, advocates, and families. Everyone working on criminal justice reform in America can learn from this approach—rather than warehousing people in prisons, many men and women would benefit from community-based punishment that offers character building and skill development without sacrificing safety.” 

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Jim Forbes
Prison Fellowship
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jim_forbes@pfm.org

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Globe Newswire: 15:24 GMT Wednesday 12th June 2019

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