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Press Release

Juvenile Justice

American juvenile justice policy is in a period of transition. After a decade of declining juvenile crime rates, the moral panic that fueled the "get-tough" reforms of the 1990s has waned, and with it the enthusiasm for the reforms that eroded the boundaries between juvenile and criminal court and exposed juvenile offenders to tough punishments. More moderate policies are being considered at the state and federal level as some politicians and some members of the public have come to believe that touch sentencing laws are expensive and of questionable effectiveness.

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