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New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil and officials with the state’s child welfare agency launched a task force to review the state’s juvenile justice system. The group of judges, prosecutors, lawmakers, and others will complete a comprehensive review to determine trends in the state based on the latest data, and to consider policy changes and potential legislation.

The goal of the Task Force is to make improvements to better outcomes of those in the juvenile justice system. The task force will specifically focus on the high percentage of youth being brought into custody for probation violations and whether community-based rehabilitation keeping kids out of the state’s juvenile justice system is actually leading to better outcomes.

This was reported by US News & World Report on April 13, 2017.

Contact Information: New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department, Juvenile Justice Services, Post Office Drawer 5160, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87502; 505- 827-7629; Website:

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