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Juvenile Justice Reform

CONNECTICUT: Public Safety and Emerging Adults in Connecticut: Providing Effective and Developmentally Appropriate Responses for Youth Under Age 21

The goal of this research project to answer the following questions:

- How would raising the age of juvenile jurisdiction to 21 fit into Connecticut’s substantial experience with justice reform, including the past “raise the age” initiative that successfully expanded juvenile jurisdiction from age 16 to 18?

- What lessons can be learned from other jurisdictions in the United States and abroad about more effective ways to address emerging adults in the justice system?

- What would be the broader impacts of these proposed reforms on Connecticut’s justice system?

- What are the key issues that need to be addressed to ensure the successful implementation of these new reforms in Connecticut?

MAINE: Unsealed Fate: the unintended consequences of inadequate safeguarding of juvenile records in Maine

The goal of this report is to provide policy makers, the public and juvenile justice system practitioners with research about what those closest to the system understand about how records are handled and accessed, the impact of juvenile records and what improvements could be made that are consistent with the rehabilitative and public safety goals of the juvenile justice system in Maine.