JJLN leaders are offering their best thinking to date and challenge the country to engage in dialogue around three questions: 1) Why is it important to create the ideal juvenile justice system? 2) What specifically would the ideal system include? and 3) How could we create a roadmap to get us there?
The following sections of this JJLN policy paper provide an overview of the essential elements of the ideal juvenile justice system, and implementation strategies and experiences from reform-minded leaders around the country. The paper also provides a greater understanding of the impact of action or inaction, and a far-reaching call to action to translate ideal system concepts into common practice.