Youth who are released from institutional confinement are
more likely to succeed if they have access to
services that can help them thrive in a noninstitutional
environment. When high-quality reentry and
aftercare services are available, youth need to spend less
time in confinement, and the overall cost of
juvenile corrections can be reduced.
Effective reentry/aftercare programs begin before a youth
leaves the facility and involve the family and
the community. Developing and testing new models of juvenile
reentry/aftercare services is a major
focus of OJJDP.
Statistical information on this aspect of the juvenile
justice system, although currently limited, should
increase substantially in the future. OJJDP is committed
to building knowledge in the field to support the
development of successful reentry strategies. This section
of the Statistical Briefing Book will provide
policymakers, juvenile justice professionals, and the
public with the latest available statistics on the
characteristics of youth leaving confinement and their
experiences after release.
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