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April 08
NACo’s Juvenile Justice Forum: Implementing Change and Improving Outcomes

​Written by Kathy Rowings​, NACo Justice Associate.
​Did you know that 70 percent of kids in the juvenile justice system suffer from mental health disorders? Or that most youth who are arrested will not reoffend, and that incarcerating low-risk youth can actually increase their chances of committing another crime?

Are you interested in learning more about what’s really going on in the juvenile justice system, and how your county can make its system more fair, effective, rational and developmentally appropriate?

Come to NACo’s forum on Juvenile Justice Reform: Implementing Change and Improving Outcomes May 7-9 in Cook County, Ill., to learn much more (often surprising!) information about the juvenile justice system and how your county can enhance its own programs and policies.  

Experts and county leaders from across the country will present on a wide range of topics, including research that explains why youth benefit from different treatment than adults, coordinating local and state systems for improved outcomes, meeting the needs of youth with behavioral disorders, reducing racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system, and much more.  Attendees will also participate in a roundtable discussion, designed to encourage conversation among peers and identify ways in which they can apply information learned at the forum in their own communities.

Register today!  For the first 40 registrants, NACo will cover the expense of up to two nights of lodging at the Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel for as many as two representatives from each NACo member county. The deadline to register is April 11.

If you have any questions regarding the forum, please contact Kathy Rowings, Justice Associate, at 202.942.4279 or


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