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Publication cover Issue Brief: Alternatives to Arrest for Young People
Dec 15, 2015, National League of Cities
NLC's issue brief provides early examples of how law enforcement agencies can divert youth accused of minor offenses from arrest when appropriate. Through the increased use of promising alternatives…
Publication cover Key Questions Judges Can Ask
Dec 15, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center
Identifies the 10 key questions juvenile court judges should ask to determine whether court practices support improved outcomes for youth. Judges can also use this interactive checklist to learn more…
Publication cover New Jersey Juvenile Collateral Consequences Checklist
Dec 15, 2015, National Juvenile Defender Center
The purpose of the New Jersey Juvenile Collateral Consequences Checklist is to provide attorneys, judges, and other juvenile justice professionals, in addition to youth and their families, with the…
Publication cover The Pennsylvania Juvenile Collateral Consequences Checklist
Dec 15, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
This Checklist was developed with assistance from the MacArthur Foundation Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network to help to explain many of the consequences of being arrested as a juvenile in…
Publication cover Pennsylvania Juvenile Collateral Consequences Checklist (Spanish)
Dec 15, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
This Checklist was developed with assistance from the MacArthur Foundation Juvenile Indigent Defense Action Network to help to explain many of the consequences of being arrested as a juvenile in…
Publication cover Massachusetts Arrest Screening Tool for Law Enforcement
Dec 15, 2015, University of Massachusetts Medical School
The Massachusetts Arrest Screening Tool for Law Enforcement (MASTLE) is an objective screening tool validated in Massachusetts jurisdictions that assesses the likelihood a youth taken into police…
Publication cover County Leadership in Juvenile Justice Reform: Case Study
Dec 15, 2015, National Association of Counties
County governments are uniquely positioned to be leaders in the juvenile justice field and have a dramatic impact on the lives of their young residents, families and the broader community. These case…
Publication cover NJDC Summaries: DOJ Actions in Protecting System-Involved Youth
Dec 15, 2015, National Juvenile Defender Center
NJDC's summaries provide key highlights of prominent Department of Justice actions in protecting the rights of youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The summaries cover DOJ's Statement of…
Publication cover Spanish Language Philadelphia Juvenile Admission Colloquy
Dec 15, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
Through the Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation, the Philadelphia written admission colloquy was translated into Spanish to encourage linguistic equity and competency for all youth and…
Publication cover Key Steps Policymakers Can Take to Improve Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Dec 15, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center
Identifies the 3 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…
Publication cover Identifying Dual Status Youth with Trauma-Related Problems
Dec 15, 2015, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
How would an agency put in place a way to identify dual status youths’ trauma-related needs? That is the question addressed in this second brief in a series on trauma-related procedures for…
Publication cover Improving Youth Outcomes, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice 2015 Operating Plan Summary
Dec 15, 2015, Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
To help fulfill the Department's mission and to direct its actions, the agency developed and is now implementing a comprehensive operating plan for 2015. The Operating Plan was the result of a…
Publication cover Pennsylvania DMC Youth Law Enforcement Corporation Brochure
Dec 15, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
This brochure describes the history, mission, and efforts of the Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation in eliminate the over-representation of youth of color in the Pennsylvania juvenile…
Publication cover Statewide Risk Assessment in Juvenile Probation
Dec 15, 2015, National Center for Juvenile Justice
This StateScan publication released for the project addresses the prevalence of risk assessment tools in juvenile probation. This is the first time NCJJ has conducted a scan of risk assessment…
Publication cover Juvenile Justice Agency Leaders and Managers Checklist
Dec 15, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center
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.
Publication cover Arrests of Young Adults in Illinois, CY2013
Dec 15, 2015, Juvenile Justice Initiative
Research shows that the adolescent brain does not fully develop until age 25, yet people are criminalized as adults after age 16 or 17. In order to explore young adults in conflict with the law, JJI…
Publication cover Respecting Differences: A DMC Newsletter Summer 2015
Dec 15, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
A quarterly newsletter from the Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation on developments in the effort to end racial and ethnic disparities in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system.
Publication cover Respecting Differences: A DMC Newsletter Winter 2014
Dec 15, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
A quarterly newsletter from the Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation on developments in the effort to end racial and ethnic disparities in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system.
Publication cover Youth Justice Leadership Institute: Outcomes
Dec 15, 2015, National Juvenile Justice Network
Although the brunt of the harmful practices in our youth justice system are borne by youth of color, reform leaders do not always reflect the affected population. NJJN's Youth Justice Leadership…
Publication cover The Adolescent Domestic Battery Typology Tool: Executive Summary
Dec 15, 2015, Northeast DuPage Family and Youth Services
There has been an increase in the number of youth referred to the juvenile justice system for charges related to abusing their parents. The Adolescent Domestic Battery Typologies Tool was developed…
Publication cover School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System
Dec 15, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center
This report presents a comprehensive set of consensus-based and field-driven recommendations to improve conditions for learning for all students and educators, better support students with behavioral…
Publication cover Protecting Youth Confined for Profit: Policy Safeguards
Dec 15, 2015, National Juvenile Justice Network
NJJN opposes the use of for-profit private youth confinement facilities because they encourage the incarceration of youth and the elimination of services youth need to succeed; and they are morally…
Publication cover Notes from the Field: Newtown County, GA
Dec 15, 2015, Vera Institute of Justice
This profile describes the development of the Truancy Intervention Board in Newton County, GA. This Board aims to divert youth away from the formal court process by addressing problems of truancy…
Publication cover The “Becca Bill” 20 Years Later: How Washington’s Truancy Laws Negatively Impact Children
Dec 15, 2015, Vera Institute of Justice
The Becca laws have made Washington State the country’s foremost jailer of children for “status offenses” like skipping school. It allows parents to use legal petitions called ARY…
Publication cover Lessons from Five Years of Accelerating Change
Dec 14, 2015, National Campaign to Reform State Juvenile Justice Systems
After two decades of funding cutting-edge research on adolescent behavioral and brain development and pioneering new juvenile justice practice models, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur…
Publication cover Fact Sheet on Automatic Transfer Bill from Spring, 2015
Dec 14, 2015, Juvenile Justice Initiative
Fact sheet on HB3718 SA1, a bill related to automatic transfer that summarizes the need for the reform, what the bill does and does not do and the list of supporters of the bill.
Publication cover Philadelphia Juvenile Treatment Court Student Handbook (Spanish)
Dec 14, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
The Spanish language translation of the Philadelphia Juvenile Treatment Court Student Handbook, a guide to the policies of treatment court for youth and families.
Publication cover Sustaining Momentum Assessing and Mitigating Threats to the Fourth Wave of Juvenile Justice Reform
Dec 14, 2015, Models for Change
Fourth Wave reform has made remarkable progress in the past two decades so that juvenile justice looks much different today than it did in the 1990s. There is still work to do, but the reform has…
Publication cover Juvenile Justice in a Developmental Framework: A 2015 Status Report
Dec 11, 2015, Models for Change
Advances in the understanding of adolescent development have provided a foundation for progress in juvenile justice reform, including changes in state legislation. In accord with the Supreme…
Publication cover Standing Up to Sexual Misconduct: An Advocacy Toolkit to End the Sexual Abuse of Children in Juvenile Facilities
Dec 11, 2015, Center for Children's Law and Policy
This toolkit is designed to equip advocates with the knowledge, tools, and resources to promote practices that will help end the sexual abuse and harassment of children in juvenile justice…
Publication cover Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling Toolkit
Dec 11, 2015, National Juvenile Defender Center
The Campaign Against Indiscriminate Juvenile Shackling (CAIJS), created in August 2014, works across the country to support advocates in their efforts to amend laws, court rules, policies and…
Publication cover Policy Statement on Indiscriminate Shackling of Juveniles in Court
Dec 11, 2015, National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
The National Center of Mental Health and Juvenile Justice (NCMHJJ) strongly opposes the automatic or widespread shackling of youth appearing in court. The NCMHJJ holds that no youth should be…
Publication cover Toward Equity: A Training Curriculum for Understanding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression, and Developing Competency to Serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Dec 11, 2015, The Equity Project
Despite the outstanding work of many dedicated juvenile justice system professionals who have tirelessly advocated on behalf of LGBT youth, many LGBT youth across the country continue to face bias,…
Publication cover Champions for Change Awards Program 2015
Dec 8, 2015, Models for Change
Champions for Change are individuals working with Models for Change who have positively affected the lives of justice-involved youth, their families, and communities. Champions have helped pave the…
Publication cover Detention Bill Fact Sheet
Dec 1, 2015, Justice Policy Institute
Fact sheet related to a bill regarding keeping young children (ages 10-12) out of detention. Addresses need for reform, what the bill does and research related to harmful effects of detention on…
Publication cover Massachusetts Arrest Screening Tool for Law Enforcement Executive Summary
Nov 17, 2015, University of Massachusetts Medical School
The MASTLE assesses the likelihood a youth taken into police custody for a criminal offense will be arrested for the commission of another offense in the future or will fail to appear for…
Publication cover LOCKED OUT: Improving Educational and Vocational Outcomes for Incarcerated Youth
Nov 9, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center
To understand the extent to which states provide incarcerated youth with access to educational and vocational services; track and use student outcome data, and support school reenrollment for these…
Publication cover Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Young Adults in the Juvenile and Adult Criminal Justice Systems
Nov 9, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center
Researchers focused on brain development have found that 18- to 24-year-olds—also referred to as young adults — stand out as a distinct developmental group with heightened impulsive…
Publication cover Trends in Juvenile Justice State Legislation 2011-2015
Oct 12, 2015, Sarah Alice Brown
In the past five years, juvenile justice reform legislation in the United States has grown at a remarkable pace. The recent shift in juvenile justice policy marks a clear departure from laws enacted…
Publication cover School Discipline & Security Personnel: A Tip Sheet for Advocates on Maximizing School Safety and Student Success
Oct 5, 2015, National Juvenile Justice Network
School resource officers tend to criminalize normal adolescent behavior and disproportionately impact youth of color, contributing to racial and ethnic disparities in the justice system. This tip…
Publication cover The Supreme Court and the Transformation of Juvenile Sentencing
Sep 30, 2015, Elizabeth Scott, Thomas Grisso, Marsha Levick, and Laurence Steinberg
In the past decade, the Supreme Court has transformed the constitutional landscape of juvenile crime regulation. In three strongly worded opinions, the Court held that imposing harsh criminal…
Publication cover Overview Brief: The U.S. Supreme Court and the Transformation of Juvenile Sentencing
Sep 30, 2015, Elizabeth Scott, Thomas Grisso, Marsha Levick, and Laurence Steinberg
Three United States Supreme Court decisions of the past decade have delineated the principle that children are developmentally different from adults in ways that matter for the fair punishment of…
Publication cover Practitioner Brief: Applying a Developmental Framework to Juvenile Sentencing-What Forensic Experts and Attorneys Should Know
Sep 30, 2015, Elizabeth Scott, Thomas Grisso, Marsha Levick, and Laurence Steinberg
Recent decisions by the United States Supreme Court have severely restricted the use of life without parole for juvenile offenders (JLWOP). Affirming the principle that children are developmentally…
Publication cover Confining Youth for Profit
Sep 14, 2015, National Juvenile Justice Network
In this publication, NJJN's member organizations (in 40 states) recommend ending the use of for-profit private youth confinement facilities of all kinds because they encourage the incarceration of…
Publication cover U.S. Age Boundaries of Delinquency
Aug 14, 2015, Angel Zang
This StateScan publication is the 8th in a series that distills knowledge from NCJJ’s Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics website. The publication summarizes the…
Publication cover Racial and Ethnic Fairness in Juvenile Justice: Availability of State Data
Aug 7, 2015, Lauren Vessels, Research Assistant, NCJJ
NCJJ has released a new StateScan publication that summarizes the results from a review of publicly available data that describe racial and ethnic fairness across the country. This StateScan…
Publication cover Respecting Differences: A DMC Newsletter Autumn 2015
Aug 3, 2015, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
A quarterly newsletter from the Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation on developments in the effort to end racial and ethnic disparities in the Pennsylvania juvenile justice system.
Publication cover Indefensible: The Lack of Juvenile Defense Data
Jul 23, 2015, Andrew Wachter, Research Associate, NCJJ
NCJJ has released a new StateScan publication that summarizes the results from a review of publicly available data that describe the application of juvenile defense across the country. This StateScan…
Publication cover Measuring Subsequent Offending in Juvenile Probation
Jul 23, 2015, Teri Deal, Anne Rackow, Andrew Wachter, NCJJ Research Associates
NCJJ has released a new StateScan publication that summarizes the results of a review of publicly available recidivism reports that include measures of recidivism for youth adjudicated to probation.…
Publication cover Snapshot: Using Re-entry Thinking to Guide Placement
May 13, 2015, National Juvenile Justice Network
When youth are confined or put in placement, it jeopardizes connections they need to re-enter society successfully: this snapshot summarizes key recommendations from the Juvenile Justice Resrource…
Publication cover Caring for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System: Improving Knowledge and Skills
May 7, 2015, Fred Meservey, LMSW and Kathleen R. Skowyra, NCMHJJ/Collaborative for Change
Approximately two-thirds of youth in the care of the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health and/or substance use disorder. Too frequently, staff supervising these youth have…
Publication cover Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services
May 5, 2015, Andrew Wachter, Research Associate, NCJJ
This StateScan publication is the 4th in a series that distills important knowledge from NCJJ’s new Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice and Statistics website. The author, Andrew…
Publication cover When Systems Collaborate: How Three Jurisdictions Improved their Handling of Dual-Status Cases
Apr 22, 2015, Douglas Thomas et al. NCJJ Senior Research Associate
When Systems Collaborate (19 pages) provides case studies of three jurisdictions trying to coordinate information and services to youth with dual-status in both the juvenile justice and child welfare…
Publication cover State of the State: At Risk Youth in Louisiana
Apr 15, 2015, Stephen Phillippi, PhD, Institute for Public Health and Justice
Presentation from the 2nd Annual Louisiana Child Well-Being Summit, Baton Rouge, LA April 2015
Publication cover Diverting Youth at Probation Intake: The Front-End Diversion Initiative
Apr 8, 2015, Erin Espinosa, Ph.D., Kathleen R. Skowyra
This Research and Program Brief describes the Front End Diversion Initiative, which is a probation-intake based diversion program for youth with specific mental health conditions that grew out of the…
Publication cover Young Adults in Conflict with the Law: Opportunities for Diversion
Feb 9, 2015, Kanako Ishida, Juvenile Justice Initiative
While in most states (including Illinois) young people are treated as adults by the justice system once they turn 18, research in recent years suggests that people ages 18 – 24 are not yet…
Publication cover A Better Way to Do Business: Changing Organizational Culture to Promote Integrated Service Delivery in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Systems
Jan 14, 2015, Mark Mertens and Melissa Blom
A Better Way to Do Business: Changing Organizational Culture to Promote Integrated Service Delivery in Child Protection and Juvenile Justice Systems, is the inaugural Practice Brief published by the…
Publication cover Trauma in Dual Status Youth: Putting Things In Perspective
Jan 13, 2015, Thomas Grisso, PhD and Gina Vincent, PhD
This article is the first in a series on trauma-related procedures for use with dual status youth—children and adolescents who come into contact with both child welfare and juvenile justice…
Publication cover Closer to Home: An Analysis of the State and Local Impact of the Texas Juvenile Justice Reforms
Jan 8, 2015, Council of State Governments Justice Center, Public Policy Research Institute
The report provides the first comprehensive statewide study on the impact of reforms enacted in Texas since 2007 and provides insight into what is happening to kids amid a trend the majority of…
Publication cover Juvenile Justice Reform: County Leadership Roles and Opportunities
Dec 29, 2014, National Association of Counties
This report details why it is important to improve juvenile justice systems and how county governments can lead improvement efforts in their role as primary local providers of health, justice and…
Publication cover Data Planning in the Dual Status Youth Initiatives: Initial Suggestions
Dec 12, 2014, Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
This article is targeted to help jurisdictions more effectively and efficiently collect, report and manage data related to dual status youth. The article provides a helpful data construct to support…
Publication cover Juvenile Offenders and Victims: 2014 National Report
Dec 12, 2014, Melissa Sickmund and Charles Puzzanchera, National Center for Juvenile Justice
This report consists of the most requested information on juveniles and the juvenile justice system in the U.S. Developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) for the Office of Juvenile…
Publication cover Dependency and Delinquency in SYNC (Serving Youth in Newton County, Georgia)
Dec 11, 2014, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice
Youth who touch both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, known as dual status youth, present complex, resource-intensive cases and tend to experience poor outcomes. A new report,…
Publication cover Philadelphia Juvenile Expungement Access for Youth
Dec 10, 2014, Pennsylvania DMC Youth-Law Enforcement Corporation
This card provides information and access in the Spanish language for youth and families on the expungement process in Philadelphia. The Juvenile Unit of the Defender Association of Philadelphia…
Publication cover SORC Toolkit Module 4: Monitoring and Sustaining System Change
Dec 8, 2014, Vera Institute of Justice
Monitoring and Sustaining System Change describes three common strategies for evaluating reform efforts: (1) performance monitoring, (2) process evaluations, and (3) outcome evaluations. Because…
Publication cover Law Enforcement's Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform: Actionable Recommendations for Practice & Policy
Dec 8, 2014, International Association of Chiefs of Police
IACP's National Summit on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice drew attention to law enforcement executives' potential to lead juvenile justice reforms in their agencies, communities and…
Publication cover Washington State Mental Health Diversion Guidebook
Dec 1, 2014, University of Washington and the Center for Children & Youth Justice
This guidebook presents a number of policies and programs occurring within Washington State that are bridging services between the judicial system and the community to serve youth with mental health…
Publication cover Measuring and Using Juvenile Recidivism Data to Inform Policy, Practice, and Resource Allocation
Jul 28, 2014, Council of State Governments Justice Center
Juvenile arrest rates, including for violent crimes, fell by approximately 50 percent from 1997 to 2011, to their lowest level in more than 30 years. In combination with this sharp drop in arrests,…
Publication cover Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
Jul 28, 2014, Council of State Governments Justice Center: Elizabeth Seigle, Nastassia Walsh, Josh Weber
This white paper is written to guide leaders across all branches of government; juvenile justice system administrators, managers, and front-line staff; and researchers, advocates, and other…
Publication cover From Conversation to Collaboration: How Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice Agencies Can Work Together to Improve Outcomes for Dual Status Youth
May 8, 2014, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Jusitce
Dual status youth cross the agency lines of the juvenile justice and child welfare systems, yet the agencies do not always communicate or collaborate on plans to serve the youth. Research and…
Publication cover SORC Toolkit Module 3: Planning and Implementing System Change
Apr 30, 2014, Status Offense Reform Center, Vera Institute of Justice
Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform Transforming a juvenile justice oriented status offense system – one that is likely complex and has been in place for decades – into one that is…
Publication cover SORC Toolkit Module 1: Structuring System Change
Mar 19, 2014, Status Offense Reform Center, Vera Institute of Justice
Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform Transforming a juvenile justice oriented status offense system – one that is likely complex and has been in place for decades – into one that…
Publication cover SORC Toolkit Module 2: Using Local Information to Guide System Change
Mar 19, 2014, Status Offense Resource Center, Vera Institute of Justice
Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform Transforming a juvenile justice oriented status offense system – one that is likely complex and has been in place for decades – into one that…
Publication cover Law Enforcement's Leadership Role in the Advancement of Promising Practices in Juvenile Justice: Executive Officer Survey Findings
Dec 8, 2013, International Association of Chiefs of Police
IACP conducted a national survey of more than 900 law enforcement executives to assess the current state of attitudes, knowledge and practices regarding how law enforcement agencies deal with…
Publication cover Dual Status Youth – Technical Assistance Workbook
Dec 1, 2013, John A. Tuell, Jessica K. Heldman, and Janet K. Wiig
“Dual status youth” refers to juveniles who come into contact with both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and occupy various statuses in terms of their relationship to the…
Publication cover Probation Review Implementation: How Best Practices Meet Everyday Practices
Nov 15, 2013, Dr. John S. Ryals, Jr.
Through support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, Jefferson Parish, Louisiana undertook a comprehensive Probation Review…
Publication cover Juvenile Court Statistics 2013
Jul 1, 2013, National Center for Juvenile Justice
Juvenile Court Statistics 2013 draws on data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive (Archive) to profile nearly 1.1 million delinquency cases and 109,000 petitioned status offense cases…
Publication cover Measurable Progress: A Summary of Illinois Juvenile Justice Reforms
Oct 1, 2012, Various
This report summarizes some of the key changes in juvenile justice law, policy and practice that have taken place in Illinois during the period 2005 – 2012. These changes have accelerated over…
Publication cover BREAKING SCHOOLS' RULES: A Statewide Study of How School Discipline Relates to Students’ Success and Juvenile Justice Involvement
Jul 7, 2011, Council of State Governments Justice Center
The CSG Justice Center, in partnership with the Public Policy Research Institute at Texas A&M University, has released a groundbreaking statewide study of nearly 1 million Texas public secondary…
Publication cover Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration
Dec 8, 2008, Child Welfare League of America, Janet Wiig, with John A. Tuell (revised in 2008)
Built from years of collaborative expertise and experience, the newly revised Guidebook for Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare System Coordination and Integration: A Framework for Improved Outcomes…
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