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The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has announced $2.2 million of continuation funding to provide ongoing implementation assistance to three inaugural Smart on Juvenile Justice states, Georgia, Hawaii, and Kentucky.  The Crime and Justice Institute (CJI) will also begin providing training and technical assistance to states currently implementing juvenile justice reform, including South Dakota and West Virginia.

CJI is pleased to continue its partnership with OJJDP and serve as the primary technical assistance provider for its visionary initiative Smart on Juvenile Justice: A Comprehensive Strategy to Juvenile Justice Reform.

The Smart on Juvenile Justice States receiving implementation assistance from CJI promotes a data-driven and evidence-based approach to strategically implementing juvenile justice reforms.  The remarkable work that has been undertaken in the Smart on Juvenile Justice States serves not only to increase the states’ capacity to introduce and integrate legislative reforms, but highlights the commitment toward a sustainable approach that will ensure the success of youth.