Youth crime in the state is down 25 percent in the last 10 years, the result of a number of juvenile justice reforms put in place in Connecticut, a new report, “Safe and Sound,” states.
The state’s reforms included: sending children to community-based services, addressing youth behavior and keeping children who have not committed crimes out of the court system.
According to the report by the Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance, there were 29,572 arrests of minors in 1998, compared to 21,976 arrests in 2008. The number of violent crimes, such as murder, manslaughter and aggravated assault, also declined during the same time period, the report notes. (A minor is considered anyone under the age of 18.)
The report noted that there are several areas that still need work including: children of color are over-represented in the system, arrests in schools are too common, and penalties vary.
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