Meeting of the Justice Reinvestment Committee Discusses Juvenile Justice

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This week, we’ve been taking a look at our justice system and how funds could be better served.

Today the Justice Reinvestment Committee of the North Dakota Legislature met to discuss the topic further.

A Juvenile Court Director gave a presentation regarding the Dual Status Youth Initiative: a statewide project set in motion to provide services that will change the outlook for abused and neglected children, and keep them from entering the juvenile justice system in the first place.

Director of Southwest Juvenile Court Offices Cory Pedersen explains, “If we’re really going to take a strong look at re-crafting how we handle adults like we’ve been doing over the past few bienniums, we really need to start focusing also on children and their families; the needs they have in our communities. Because if we don’t prevent things with children, eventually they may be in our adult system.”

The project is only 13 months old, but Pederson hopes to get the project off the ground in the next three months. 

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