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Washington State Institute for Public Policy

Changes in WA’s Juvenile Justice System and Implications for Research

Over the last 20 years, the Washington State Legislature has taken a number of steps to develop an “evidence-based” juvenile justice system. In this report, we will discuss how the populations of court-involved youth and the practices used by Washington State juvenile courts have changed over time. This report will review how the changes in the juvenile justice system have impacted the findings of WSIPP’s research and discuss the challenges of conducting public policy research in the current court environment. Finally, the report will review updates to WSIPP’s reviews of the evidence for juvenile justice programs.
Lauren Knoth, (360) 664-9805