Ashoka Fellow
South Korea
Fellow Since 2014
This description of Sung-Jin Myoung's work was prepared when Sung-Jin Myoung was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
Despite major investment in rehabilitating juvenile offenders, rates of recidivism remain stubbornly high at 37%. Building on his success with all but eliminating glue-sniffing in two cities, Sung-jin’s new approach to rehabilitation has built a new cooperative system involving judges, municipal governments and other stakeholders working with juvenile delinquents, and has spurred efforts to launch Korea’s first social impact bond.
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