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Juvenile Delinquency

UConn Research Aids DCF In Tracking Child Outcomes

HARTFORD — About three out of every 10 kids who are abused or neglected in Connecticut also land in juvenile court. It's called "crossover" — kids involved with the Department of Children and Families who also are in trouble with the police. UConn researchers, using files fed to them by DCF and the Judicial Branch, in an unprecedented information-sharing agreement, have begun to analyze where kids are going wrong. The effort, everyone hopes, will help case workers spot and react sooner to the factors that lead to juvenile crime. Unchecked, crossover costs the public tens of millions of dollars a year in this state just to detain and try to treat a couple of...