New White Paper on Reducing Recidivism and Improving Outcomes

Posted by Lisa Martinek
July 28, 2014

The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center has released a new white paperCore Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System. This white paper guides leaders across all branches of government on facilitating system improvements that reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youths.

The white paper provides four core principles that reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes:

1. Base supervision, service and resource allocation decisions on the results of validated risk and need assessments;
2. Adopt and effectively implement programs and services demonstrated to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes and use data to evaluate system performance and direct system improvements;
3. Employ a coordinated approach across service systems to address youths’ need; and
4. Tailor system policies, programs and supervision to reflect the distinct developmental need of adolescents. 

For each principle, the white paper provides specific policy, practice and resource allocation recommendations as well as examples illustrating how state and local juvenile justice officials have establishing particular policies and system interventions to implement the principles.

The CSG Justice Center also announced partnerships with five states—Pennsylvania, Utah, Tennessee, Nebraska and Kansas—to test the implementation of the recommendations outlined in this white paper and issue brief on measuring juvenile recidivism.

To learn more about the principles and implementation recommendations, read the full white paper.