Improving Juvenile Justice in the Twin Ports

By KBJR News 1

October 19, 2010 Updated Oct 19, 2010 at 9:55 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (Northland's NewsCenter) - Community and government leaders came together Tuesday to discuss the importance of juvenile justice reform and ways to improve outcomes for kids.

The Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative formed almost a year and a half ago with the intention to change the effect the justice system has on troubled kids.

Community members and city officials were presented with real world scenarios and came up with ways to help youth instead of having them lost in the judicial system.

Organizers say the main goal of the J-D-A-I is to make sure kids are in detention for the right reasons along with creating culturally important programs for juveniles.

Last year, the number of juvenile delinquency referrals for prosecution dropped almost 10%.

Written for the web by Kevin Jacobsen / Chris Axelson