To Improve Public Safety, Halt Cycle of Juvenile Crime

Dennis Wilson and Andy Louderback
December 15, 2015

Since reform efforts began in 2007, the average daily population in state-run juvenile correctional facilities dropped by more than 2,800 youth between 2007 and 2012. Over that same time period, Texas reduced funding for the operation of state-run secure facilities by more than $150 million and increased funding for local juvenile probation departments by approximately 38 percent.

These outcomes should be acknowledged as Congress takes steps to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, which would promote effective programs like the ones we have here in Texas. In July, the Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act with strong bipartisan support. This new legislation, which is co-sponsored by U.S. Sen. John Cornyn, R-Texas, would support Texas and other states with this approach; we strongly urge Congress to pass this important reauthorization. It's a smart move for getting troubled kids on track to become productive citizens while protecting public safety and saving taxpayer dollars as well.

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