Prosecutors in Juvenile System Weigh-in on Policy Reform
Date:  01-06-2016

"It’s far easier to build strong youth than it is to fix broken adults" is the new reasoning
Three prosecutors who work in the juvenile justice system have taken the unusual step of challenging legislators to create more progressive and effective policies when it comes to young people charged with a crime. The prosecutors, Steve Gold of Kentucky, Mark Vargo of South Dakota, and Mitch Ross of Hawaii, offer their views on how prosecutors can help bring about meaningful reform therefore providing a more positive outcome in the lives of young people who have made a mistake.

Via Pew Trusts Stateline Prosecutors serve on the front lines of the justice system, holding offenders accountable for their actions. Cases involving juvenile offenders present prosecutors with a unique set of challenges and opportunities.

In recent years, a number of states have made policy changes to improve outcomes for youth offenders, and prosecutors have been important players in the deliberations. The Pew Charitable Trusts’ public safety performance project interviewed three elected prosecuting attorneys about their involvement in their states’ juvenile justice reforms.

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