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The U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday an award of $230,000 to Bexar County Juvenile Probation to help alleviate gang activity and to provide specialized treatment for gang-involved teens and their families.
Keeping kids off the streets and out of the system. Connecticut has made many juvenile justice reforms, but still has a lot of work to do, according to advocates and the outgoing Chief State’s Attorney.
Right now, all aspect of Connecticut’s juvenile justice system are under review by the Council of State Governments Justice Center. At the same time, the Improving Outcomes for Youth Statewide task force is analyzing data and will issue a report with best practices and policy ideas that is expected out sometime in January.
On a tour of the Juvenile Services Center in Cheyenne, Sgt. Jay Stewart explains that juvenile offenders stay here for an average of 49 days. But whether they’re here for a week or a year, kids are required to go to school.
“Education for us is huge,” said Stewart. “If they are not getting their education, they continue down that same path.” The path Stewart is referring to leads to prison. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, adults without high school diplomas are more likely to be incarcerated.