Feb. 16, 2012 - Arkansas leaders, like their counterparts in other states, have embarked on a plan to transform the state’s juvenile justice system. This report describes the work that has been done to build reform over the past four years under the steady and skilled stewardship of Ron Angel, Director of the Division of Youth Services (DYS). It also suggests additional changes in policy and practices that might further "revolutionize" youth services.
The first section of the report discusses the state of juvenile justice in Arkansas prior to the start of reform efforts. The second section describes the building blocks of reform, including the reform process and specific reform initiatives. The last section provides hypotheticals for some of the ways current practices could be changed to further efforts to reduce the number of youth held in secure custody.
Authors: Patricia Arthur and Christopher Hartney
Copyright: Copyright 2012 National Center for Youth Law and National Council on Crime and Delinquency. All rights reserved.