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Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform

Added Feb 5, 2009

3300 Whitehaven Street, N.W., Suite 5000
PO Box 571444
Washington, DC 20057-1485

Phone (202) 687-1527

http://cjjr.georgetown.edu

The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform supports leadership development and advances a balanced, multi-systems approach to reducing juvenile crime that both holds youth accountable and promotes positive child and youth development.

Areas of focus

As a member of the National Resource Bank, the Center is focused on supporting the active participation of prosecutors in the Models for Change Initiative. This support includes providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors within the four core states, as well as disseminating information and providing outreach to prosecutors nationally on the Models for Change reform efforts.

Partners and clients

The Center serves as a national resource in identifying and highlighting research on effective policies and practices that reduce delinquency by working across juvenile justice, child welfare and related systems of care. Through the Center’s Certificate Programs, it offers the opportunity for involvement in promoting juvenile justice reform to individual public agency leaders and teams of those leaders from the juvenile justice and related systems of care. It provides this opportunity through short periods of intensive study focused on policy development and implementation that enhances efforts towards systems integration and achieving better outcomes for this nation’s youth. Through the Center’s Fellows Network it supports the development of the alumni of the Certificate Programs as a cadre of knowledgeable leaders who are committed to a multi-systems approach to juvenile justice reform.

Strategies and services

The Center’s activities in the Models for Change initiative include:

  • Supporting the active participation of prosecutors in the Models for Change juvenile justice reform efforts underway in the four primary states by serving as a convener to these prosecutors and providing a prosecutorial voice within the National Resource Bank;
  • Providing training and technical assistance on key policy and program areas to the prosecutors involved in the Models for Change initiative;
  • Disseminating information and providing outreach to prosecutors nationally regarding the Models for Change initiative and its underlying principles; and
  • Encouraging participation by public agency officials within the Models for Change sites and from other jurisdictions committed to reform in the Center’s Certificate Programs.