Letter: County leading way in juvenile justice

Once again, we are trailblazers. As with other justice initiatives such as family court, community corrections and court alternative dispute resolution programs, Johnson County is on the cutting edge.

The Indiana Supreme Court recently announced that the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative in Indiana will expand from its current eight counties to 19 counties as the initiative expands across the state. This is good news for Indiana’s children, families and communities. The initiative is a proven approach to juvenile justice developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation that improves outcomes for children in the justice system, ensures public safety and contains costs for taxpayers.

Johnson County officially joined Indiana’s initiative in 2010-2011, but our work started much earlier, in 2007. Through collaboration, measuring outcomes and designing innovative programs to reduce delinquent behavior, Johnson County has developed a state-of-the-art system that is held up as a model to other jurisdictions.

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