Joe Vignati, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice

We’ve found evidence-based programs that work with this juvenile population… the medium and high-risk kids. These are the Gold Standard of programs that have been shown to be effective at reducing recidivism. Instead of a 15% reduction in the first 9 months of the programming, we had a 62% reduction… in youth that did not go to secure confinement. That cost avoidance is something we can redirect to our communities for family-based services that are proven to reduce recidivism. (From the Georgia Council on Criminal Justice Reform meeting in 2014 referencing work being conducted with EBA)

Assistant Deputy Commissioner, Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice