The Iowa Department of Human Rights’ Division of Criminal and Juvenile Justice Planning (CJJP) announced that fewer young Iowans are entering the juvenile justice system, according to statewide data. In recent years juvenile arrests decreased 20 percent (2007-2011) and complaints to Juvenile Court Services were down 19 percent (2008-2011).  There has also been a 29 percent reduction among all youths in detention facilities between 2007 and 2011.

This means fewer youth are committing crimes, the number of youth in the juvenile justice system is down, and we are seeing more success with youth in the system. Experts in the field credit a research-based approach to some of the growing success which includes programs such as functional family therapy and aggression replacement training.