New Hampshire chosen for juvenile justice system program

October 29, 2019 GMT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s been selected for a national program that will explore rethinking the approach to probation in the juvenile justice system.

The state Health Department says teams will develop strategies to shift the focus of juvenile probation agencies from surveillance and sanctions to promoting positive behavior change and long-term success for youth.

A cross-sectional team comprised of key stakeholders in New Hampshire’s juvenile justice system will participate in the Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program. It’s hosted by Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and The Council of State Governments Justice Center.

Other sites selected to participate include Cado Parish, Louisiana; Charlottesville, Virginia; Marion County, Indiana; Multnomah County, Oregon; San Diego County, California; and Stark County, Ohio.

The training will take place in Washington, D.C. Nov. 4-8.