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Movement to Reduce Youth Incarceration

Legislative Successes

1. Which of the following is a legislation containing goal that would help states reduce their use of state secure facilities?

A. Increase local control that moves supervision responsibilities for some youth from the state to county agencies.

B. Make categories of crime such as misdemeanors and status offenses ineligible for incarceration in state facilities.

C. Require placement of youth in the least-restrictive environments.

D. All of the above.


2. State statutes that authorize the membership of bodies that advise on juvenile justice spending could be amended to include community-based organizations.

A. True

B. False


Adopt Placement Strategies that Curb Incarceration

3. Each of the following are true regarding young people that are incarcerated, except for:

A. They lose critical connections to their families.

B. They become more likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease.

C. They become more likely to commit new crimes.

D. They are less likely to reconnect to school and work.


4. Juvenile departments should try to support and strengthen relationships between youth and their families by making out-of-home placements the exception rather than the rule.

A. True

B. False


5. Placement with extended family members should not be considered as this has been shown to prevent youth transition back to their primary families.

A. True

B. False


6. To build stronger local continuums, systems should do all of the following, except:

A. Make a reduction in state placements a benchmark for success in provider contracts.

B. Target the treatment needs of youth who might otherwise be locked up.

C. Avoid the use of halfway houses and treatment centers for youth.

D. Nongovernmental agencies can provide technical assistance to localities and nonprofit partners to help develop a more robust set of options.


7. Systems are specifying that youth be locked up for the shortest periods of time needed and prepared to return home as soon as possible through:

A. Developing processes.

B. Hiring personnel to expedite the movement of young people through the system.

C. Instilling a sense of mission among all staff to move youth quickly.

D. All of the above.


Improve Community Supervision Strategies

8. Since youth are far more successful when they have the support of their parents and services in their communities, it is recommended that departments share access to information systems with community-based organizations.

A. True

B. False


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