Promote the Role of Prevention

Policy Position 2: Promote the Role of Prevention

Prevention is the most constructive way to build competent, engaged youth and safe communities. Effective prevention efforts – in the form of mentoring initiatives, after-school programs, family strengthening services, youth leadership development, etc. – reduce victimization, keep children involved in productive activities, and provide for the cost-effective use of public resources. The balance of federal juvenile justice funding should go towards community-connected prevention and rehabilitation, rather than interdiction and incarceration.




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