Kids Forward work to ensure that every child in Wisconsin grows up in a just and nurturing family and community. Kids Forward seek to ensure that kids are treated through the juvenile court so their developmental needs can be better accounted for throughout the court and rehabilitative process.
Phone: (608) 284-0580, ext. 321
Youth Justice Milwaukee is a broad-based campaign advocating for community-based, family-centered, restorative programs as an alternative to locking up children in Wisconsin’s youth prisons.
17 Year-Olds in Adult Court: Is There a Better Alternative for Wisconsin’s Youth and Taxpayers? (2016)
This report discusses the potential benefits of moving first-time nonviolent 17-year-olds back to the Wisconsin juvenile system. After analyzing recidivism rates and other evidence from Wisconsin and across the country, the report concludes that the juvenile justice system is incontestably more efficient, since it not only serves 17-year-olds better, but also provides a more cost-effective solution for taxpayers.
Continuing Trends in Juvenile Justice in Wisconsin (2015)
This report is an update of an earlier (2014) report and includes juvenile justice data up through 2014. It observes growth in support for successful community-based programs and that juvenile arrests have continued to decline.