Today the CSG Justice Center, in partnership with Texas A&M University, released a study commissioned by Texas state leaders interested in understanding the impact of the state’s reforms of its juvenile justice system. This unprecedented study compares the impact on youth under community supervision versus incarceration in state correctional facilities.
Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms, which draws on an unprecedented dataset of 1.3 million individual case records spanning eight years, shows youth incarcerated in state-run facilities are 21 percent more likely to be rearrested than those who remain under supervision closer to home. When they do reoffend, data show that youth released from state-run secure facilities are three times more likely to commit a felony than youth who are under community supervision.
In conjunction with the study’s release, the CSG Justice Center will stream an event live today from Austin, Texas that will bring together leaders and stakeholders from a variety of fields across the state. They will discuss the study’s findings; Texas’s approach to juvenile justice; its next steps toward improving outcomes of children in the juvenile justice system; and the national implications of the study.