As recently as 2007, Texas’ juvenile justice system was a horror. Abuse and sexual abuse and neglect were rampant.
Once brought to light, Texas revamped its entire juvenile justice system, and has made tremendous progress at serving the needs of Texas’ delinquent youth.
Today, the needs of misdemeanor offenders are addressed closer to home rather than in far-flung state facilities.
The budgets of local juvenile probation departments were augmented so that they could provide more services and residential facilities at the local level.
And juvenile crime has decreased by one-third as a result. Recidivism is lower and for less serious offenses.
There is still room for improvement, yet much that other states could learn from Texas’ example.
Read more in this New York Times article: The Texas Way on Juvenile Justice .