Is the Realignment Train Slowing Down?

nyc4yc2012A recorded webinar  for the National Center for Youth in Custody (NC4YC). June 2012.

After nearly two decades of falling crime, down-sizing juvenile corrections and detention is a central theme in a growing number of juvenile justice systems. But, As New York and Texas continue to down-size, California’s Governor recently announced a slow-down in his state’s aggressive realignment policies. What does the future hold for juvenile justice reform? Were the changes that occurred over the past ten years a permanent shift in policy and practice, or were they merely a temporary reaction to tight budgets and low rates of violent crime? Will policymakers maintain reforms if and when crime rises or budgets rebound?