Tenet 7: Create a Range of Effective Community-Based Supports
Community-based interventions are more effective at addressing the developmental needs of justice-involved youth, reducing recidivism, engaging the whole family, and producing positive long-term outcomes for youth and society. Community-based programs and probation practices that promote youth development are much less expensive than detention and incarceration[i] and, when informed by data-driven decision-making tools, are far more attuned to a youth’s needs than punitive or surveillance-focused probation approaches. Effective case management, evidence-based treatment, mentoring, community service, family counseling, recreation, work opportunities, and the arts help youth gain and apply life skills.[ii] Because a lack of developmentally appropriate services can contribute to youth incarceration,[iii] it’s important that states and counties realign resources or offer financial incentives that encourage ongoing creation and support of community-based options to meet the diverse needs of justice-involved youth.