Don’t Imprison Young Offenders

A majority of Americans want youth who get in trouble with the law to receive rehabilitation and treatment, rather than incarceration or automatic prosecution in adult criminal court, according to a new national poll released this week. The poll was commissioned by the Campaign for Youth Justice, a grantee of the Public Welfare Foundation, which funded the poll, and conducted by GBA Strategies, based in Washington, DC.

The fact that nearly 90 percent of those polled favored options such as counseling, restitution and community service over more punitive measures like detention should be an important consideration as officials in several states consider a variety of juvenile justice reforms. Congress, which is considering deep cuts to youth programs, might also take these public sentiments into account.

For a copy of the Campaign for Youth Justice press release, click here.

To view the poll results, click here.


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