Why Detention is Not Always the Answer: A closer look at youth lock-up in Arkansas

This issue brief:
• addresses the role that detention plays in handling youth
brought before the court and the potential harm done by
the inappropriate use of this intervention,
• illustrates the lack of ample and consistent information on
the situations leading to the use of detention, and
• offers recommendations about how to decrease the number
of youth unnecessarily or inappropriately detained
without jeopardizing public safety.