Juvenile Justice Task Force Calls for More Funding, Less Custody to Improve Outcomes for Tennessee Kids, Public Safety

It took the work of two task forces, but the results are in -- Tennessee's Juvenile Justice system is in need of a major overhaul if it is to be fairer, less punitive and more effective for children and communities across the state.

  1. The full report from the task force was released on December 7, 2017:
  2. The main overview -- a juvenile justice system that works for everyone is going to cost money. But much of the funding will come from savings, if the state follows the task force recommendations to drastically reduce the number of youth in DCS custody over the next 5 years.

  3. The 25-page report was a joint effort by members of the task force and Pew Charitable Trusts which provided an assessment of the Tennessee Juvenile Justice system based on data provided by each of the state's 98 counties and surveys taken by stakeholders in the juvenile justice system - such as judges, probation officers and Department of Children's Services (DCS) case workers.

  4. The final recommendations were guided by a set of key findings, outlined in the report:

  5. The task force then presented three main categories of recommendations -- each area fully detailed with specific recommendations to reach set outcomes. We distilled the recommendations to a few highlights. For full detail, please go to the full report.

  6. The final report has been presented to Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam. The task force recommends state leadership introduce legislation based on these recommendations. The Tennessee General Assembly will convene on January 9th, 2018.
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