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CSG Justice Center: Reducing Juvenile Recidivism Checklists

Published Nov 9, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center

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CSG Justice Center checklists can help state and local officials to assess whether their juvenile justice system’s policies and practices are aligned with the research on “what works” to reduce recidivism and to identify opportunities for improvement. Interactive versions are available here.

There are three checklists, each tailored to a specific audience:

Juvenile Justice Agency Leaders and Managers Checklist

Provides a comprehensive online assessment and scoring tool to enable agency leaders to identify system strengths, areas for improvement, and develop an action plan to improve outcomes for youth.

Judges Checklist

Identifies ten key questions juvenile court judges should ask to determine whether court practices support improved outcomes for youth. Judges can also use this checklist to learn more about the research on “what works” in particular areas of interest.

Policymaker Checklist

Identifies three key steps that policymakers can take to increase public safety, improve youth outcomes, and maximize the efficient use of resources. Policymakers can also use this interactive checklist to learn more about the research on “what works” in particular areas of interest.

Categories: Evidence-based practices, Reforms/Trends

Uploaded Nov 12, 2015


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