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Right on Crime | November 1, 2011
The Campaign for Youth Justice commissioned a poll to gauge public opinion on various juvenile justice issues. The survey of 1,000 adults nationwide first asked opinions about the juvenile justice system, generally:
The pollsters then attempted to gauge Americans’ beliefs on the proper venue for juvenile offenders:
Finally, when it comes to reform measures, 77% favored a requirement that juveniles be placed in facilities close to home.
The full poll results are here. Public support for smart reform principles can be influential for legislators considering these reforms. Indeed, for a legislator to be held truly accountable, the public’s opinions must be factored into any reform plans.