The number of juvenile arrests has declined almost 40% over the last 10 years. In 2004, there were over 53,000 juvenile arrests and that has declined to approximately 32,000 in 2013. As a result of less juvenile crime, youth can concentrate on their schooling and other prosocial activities and thus progress in their lives.
In fiscal year 2015, the Arizona Youth Partnership’s Life Skills program provided instruction to 89 middle school-aged youth in rural Arizona to reduce alcohol, tobacco and drug and use.
The AzYP Life Skills program is effective in helping court involved youth resist drugs and alcohol. Probation officers report participating kids quoting many of the program’s principles!
As the supervisory entity responsible for the state’s compliance with the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act, the State Advisory Board to the Juvenile Accountability Block Grant program, and the State Multidisciplinary Task Force on Children’s Justice, the Arizona Juvenile Justice Commission works to develop effective responses to the problems of juvenile delinquency and child abuse.