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Action networks

Collaborations involving several state and local partners working to advance targeted juvenile justice reform issues.

In addition to the four states for change, other state and local partners collaborated with national experts and each other in knowledge-and skill-sharing action networks devoted to accelerating reform on particular issues. The action networks provided peer-to-peer support in an issue-focused forum for the development and exchange of ideas and strategies across  the four core states and a dozen additional states.

Disproportionate Minority Contact Action Network
Shared practices and information to reduce racial disparities in the juvenile justice system. The action network worked in twelve county-level sites in eight participating states: Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana, Maryland, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Washington, Wisconsin.

Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network
Promoted improved access to and quality of counsel representing youth in delinquency proceedings. The action network worked in: California, Florida, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Washington.

Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Worked together to improve services and policies for youth with mental health needs involved with the juvenile justice system. The action network worked in: Connecticut, Colorado, Illinois, Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas and Washington.


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