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States Study Missouriâ€TMs Community-Based Approach to Youth Crime

by Dave Reynolds

May 23, 2005 – More than a dozen states are eyeing Missouri's juvenile justice system, which for the last two decades has placed young offenders in settings described as supportive and home-like, rather than behind bars.

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According to the Associated Press, the state's Division of Youth Services realized in the 1980s that the punitive incarceration model was not working. So it replaced its training schools with community-based homes that emphasize peer support, personal responsibility and therapy.

What makes the program attractive to other states is its eight percent recidivism rate -- compared with California's 80 percent -- for about half the cost of prisons.

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