National League of Cities to support juvenile justice reform in Minneapolis

Minneapolis is one of six cities nationally chosen by the National League of Cities to help on juvenile justice reform.

The NLC says it is offering technical assistance, which will include a Mayor’s Institute on Children and Families focused on juvenile-justice reform.

Other cities getting the NLC support on this issue are:  Philadelphia, Little Rock, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and Gresham, Ore. The NCL is making a big push to improve outcomes from youth in the system.

The NLC notes that Minneapolis has worked “to improve and align community-based alternatives to arrest and prosecution; reduce racial disparities at arrest; and improve the chances that young people will succeed after they leave the juvenile-justice system.”

Clifford Johnson, Executive Director of NLC’s Institute for Youth, Education, and Families, said in a statement:

Minneapolis has already made some important strides toward juvenile-justice reform, and we are excited about their potential to accomplish even more.”

NLC’s YEF Institute staff will help Minneapolis “implement an action plan through site visits and regular cross-city opportunities for learning and collaboration.”

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