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Justice Policy Institute: Keeping Families Together Leads to Fewer Kids in the Prison Pipeline

April 9, 2013

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The Justice Policy Institute recently released a report examining outcomes for youth in DC’s child welfare system. The report concludes that these youth can be better served by greater prioritization of the needs of vulnerable children and their families, evidenced by more investment in the mental health and employment programs, and education systems that support them.

“We agree on the need for smart reinvestment to improve outcomes for children, families, and the community,” said Children’s Law Center executive director Judith Sandalow. “Preventing abuse, neglect, and the trauma of involvement with the child welfare system offers a better return on investment than having to pay for more intensive and expensive services later.”

Learn more about the report.