Transforming Juvenile Probation: Restructuring Probation Terms to Promote Success

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Urban Institute on 04/16/2021 by Samantha Harvell, Leah Sakala, and Andreea Matei

This guide provides a framework for how to define and structure youth probation terms to reduce the harm inherent in probation supervision, leverage community partnerships, and build community capacity to wrap youth and their households with any supports, resources, and services needed to promote success. Probation-system improvements have gained momentum over the past several years and a continued need exists to translate research and best practices into concrete recommendations for probation policy and practice that consider risk and potential harm to youth and promote community safety. This guide is intended to fill that gap by summarizing relevant research, offering practical guidance for implementing changes, and highlighting real-world examples from youth probation agencies across the country.