More than 100 Iowa leaders met Monday to learn about changes to the juvenile justice system.
Iowa has received a federal grant of $750,000 to make improvements to its system in a three-year initiative.
State officials say when the new tools are implemented authorities can expect to see less repeat juvenile offenders.
Experts say that will increase public safety and lower costs to taxpayers.
“The focus of this project is to help bring the research to bare on actual practice and programming, much of that in place in Iowa but we have some schemes that will help elevate the game,” explained Dr. Mark Lipsey.
Iowa is one of only three nationwide recipients for this competitive award.