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What is Multisystemic Therapy?

Multisystemic Therapy (MST) is an intensive family- and community-based treatment program that focuses on addressing all environmental systems that impact chronic and violent juvenile offenders -- their homes and families, schools and teachers, neighborhoods and friends. MST recognizes that each system plays a critical role in a youth's world and each system requires attention when effective change is needed to improve the quality of life for youth and their families. MST works with the toughest offenders ages 12 through 17 who have a very long history of arrests. Learn more about MST.

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Shocking Costs
Youth Incarceration Costs Are Enough to Give you Sticker Shock
A study by the Justice Policy Institute came up with staggering figures on what it costs to lock up juvenile offenders in correctional facilities. The institute calls for more "community-based options for treatment and supervision that keep young people at home, or close to home." Read more

Texas Reduces
Texas Juvenile Justice Reform Reduces Juvenile Crime
A Texas study that examined the records of 466,000 juveniles who had come in contact with the juvenile justice system, found closing correctional facilities had positive effects in terms of cost savings and repeat offending. Read more

Juvenile Reform
Juvenile Sentencing Reform Picking Up Public Support
A Pew Charitable Trusts turned up impressive figures on how America's attitudes on juvenile justice have changed. Read more

Solitary Confinement
Is Juvenile Solitary Confinement Torture?
Should juveniles be put into an 8-by-10-foot solitary-confinement cell, 23 hours a day without human contact? Read this, and decide for yourself.