Study Applauds Texas Lawmakers' Juvenile Justice Reforms

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As Will Weissert reports for local NBC DFW, a new study indicates that a drop in juvenile crime in Texas is linked to a cut in jail rates, looking at 1.3 million records over 2007-2011. The report is apparently being "unveiled" today in Austin by the Council of State Goverments.

What is the Council of State Governments?

According to its website, the Council of State Governments (or CSG) is a nonpartisan organization founded in 1933 dedicated to "the exchange of insights and ideas to help state officials shape public policy."

The CSG touts its study as "one of the most comprehensive data-driven reviews of a juvenile justice system ever conducted in Texas and the nation," and in the study introduction states that juvenile arrests are at a 30-year low, while at the same time the rate of kids being locked up has gone down by almost 50 percent. It highlights the efforts of state lawmakers in initiating a number of juvenile justice reforms, including the management of state-run facilities.

For more, see the CSG Justice Center's "Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms," (PDF file).

Our Approach to Juvenile Justice Cases

In general, a kid's brush with the juvenile justice system is an indication that there's some kind of underlying problem. But the truth is that kids make mistakes - and the punishment should be only as appropriate as the circumstances call for, not worse. Our approach to representing kids facing criminal charges is not about defending a "criminal" but in protecting your child's legal rights and future. Please visit our page on juvenile crimes to learn more.

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