Reducing Disproportionate Minority Confinement: The Multnomah County, Oregon Success Story and its Implications

An effective juvenile justice system that meets the twin goals of public safety and providing youth with opportunities to have a crime-free life will minimize the inappropriate pre-trial detention of youth. While youth with serious delinquency histories or young people who are arrested for the most violent crimes need to be detained to keep the community safe, the vast majority of youth in a detention center are awaiting trial for non-violent acts, and many should not be held in locked custody.


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