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Equality Before the Law: Commentary Series Part 6, Juvenile Justice Indicators

This year’s Kids Count in Nebraska Report featured a commentary debuting our new Index of Race & Opportunity for Nebraska Children. This blog post is the fifth in a series diving into the commentary. In the first post we introduced the commentary and detailed our methodology, the next posts looked at the indicators in the health section, the three indicators in the education section, our three economic stability indicators, and child welfare indicators. We continue the series today with a look at the final indicators included in the index – those in juvenile justice.

We at Voices for Children in Nebraska believe that our state must assure that children can grow into health and productive adults. When youth make poor decisions, we must hold them accountable for their actions in appropriate ways while promoting community safety.

The indicators in our juvenile justice section of the Index of Race & Opportunity, chosen based on data that is available, their ability to predict future health, success and overall well-being, as well as their proxy power, represent the general direction and central importance of a variety of similar indicators, and are:

  1. Youth who have completed a diversion program successfully: Defined as the percentage of youth who were enrolled in a diversion program and successfully completed the program.
  2. Youth who have completed probation successfully: Defined as the percentage of total probation completions by youth that are recorded as successful release.

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