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Why Juvenile Justice Matters to Counties

Published Jul 31, 2014, National Association of Counties

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The juvenile justice system has a direct impact on counties’ investments in health, justice and social services, and often cost more to counties than the benefits they bring to the community. Effective juvenile justice systems can divert youth from future involvement in the adult criminal justice system, where counties already spend more than $70 billion each year.

Through its partnership with Models for Change and its explicit commitment to improving juvenile justice, NACo
will share effective ways to improve juvenile justice, even as county leaders grapple with tight budgets and tough
fiscal decisions. 

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