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Truth show.4.24.11


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Truth show.4.24.11

  1. 1. A Vision to Serve Youth<br />
  2. 2. A few facts about the current system:<br />DYS served 8,249 Arkansas youth in 2009 through community-based providers. Of those, 636 were committed by a judge for residential treatment and confinement.<br />22% of youth committed to DYS in 2009 were found guilty of violent crimes; 36% of misdemeanor crimes.<br />86% of youth committed to DYS custody in 2010 were boys and 52% were African American. <br />
  3. 3. The costs of youth crime:<br />The total cost of confining a child in an Arkansas lockup is approximately $131,000 per year.<br />• Every high-risk child who is prevented from living a life of crime can save Arkansas tax-payers $1.7 million to $2.3 million.<br />
  4. 4. One face of juvenile justice<br />This is “Nina”<br />
  5. 5. Truth #1: Good kids will make bad choices<br />
  6. 6. Kids’ brains make them vulnerable to bad choices.<br />Brain systems that govern impulse control, planning, and thinking ahead don’t fully develop until mid-20s.<br />Youth are more vulnerable to thrill-seeking and peer pressure.<br />
  7. 7. The law treats youth differently.<br />According to the U.S. Supreme Court, youth are not as blameworthy as adults for their irresponsible behavior because their characters and capacity for judgment are not fully developed.<br />Adolescents aren’t eligible to serve in the military, sit on a jury, drink or vote because they are not fully responsible in their decision making.<br />
  8. 8. Truth #2: Change is hard but not impossible<br />
  9. 9. Youth can change.<br />As youth develop, their impulsivity, thrill-seeking behavior and vulnerability to peer pressure decline naturally.<br />• Studies have found that most youth stop committing crimes on their own as they mature.<br />
  10. 10. Truth #3: Community-based programs work for kids . . . and their communities!<br />
  11. 11. Locking youth up hurts them more than it helps. <br />Although locking up serious offenders is sometimes necessary, studies show that incarcerating most kids provides no benefit to the children or the community.<br />Incarceration is counterproductive for low-risk youth because interaction with other troubled youth reinforces past behaviors, worsens anti-social tendencies and allows them to acquire more delinquent skills.<br />
  12. 12. Examples of community-based programs and services:<br />After-school programs<br />Mentoring<br />Multi-systemic therapy offering intensive counseling to families on a 24/7 basis<br />Youth Advocacy Programs involving volunteers from the kids’ neighborhoods<br />Internships and supported work programs<br />Drug and alcohol treatment and support programs<br />Parent education programs<br />Community conferencing bringing offenders together with victims<br />
  13. 13. Community-based services work<br />One Arkansas community-based re-entry program has had outstanding results. Of 175 youth participating, only 12 have committed another crime.<br />Community-based programs in Arkansas have been 93% successful in preventing future arrests.<br />
  14. 14. More community-based results:<br />In one Arkansas community-based, multi-systemic therapy program, more than 75% of the youth who participated have been discharged from probation and now are engaged, contributing citizens.<br />
  15. 15. Local successes:<br />Insert your own local facts or case study.<br />• Additional information goes here.<br />
  16. 16. A juvenile case study<br />Meet “Eva”<br />
  17. 17. Questions about Eva<br />What could have been done to keep Eva from being committed to DYS custody?<br />What kind of community services and supports could help her and her family?<br />How does the story of Eva change your perceptions about the juvenile justice system?<br />
  18. 18. Community-based programs and services save money<br />In Florida, the state has saved taxpayers more than $36 million over 4 years by use of community-based treatment programs.<br />In Ohio, juvenile justice reform returned $45 for every $1 spent on community programs.<br />Texas saved $200 million by spending $100 million to strengthen community-based services.<br />
  19. 19. What can you do to help?<br />Volunteer to help mentor a youth or offer an internship or work experience for an adolescent.<br />Work with your local school, law enforcement or community or religious groups to develop after-school programs for youth, parent supports or other programs for youth and families.<br />Share information with your state and local government officials to educate them on the effectiveness and cost efficiency of community-based support and services for youth.<br />
  20. 20. They are our kids – and our future!<br />