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Publication cover Automatic Adult Prosecution of Children in Cook County, Illinois 2010-2012
Apr 22, 2014, Juvenile Justice Initiative
Over 30 years of poor outcomes from “automatic” adult prosecution of children. Under Illinois' automatic transfer law in effect during the study of 2010 through 2012, anyone age 15 or 16…
Publication cover Innovation Brief: Illinois’ JWatch Probation Data & Case Management System
Dec 12, 2013, Lisa Jacobs and Susan Witkin
Illinois’ 64 probation departments use a wide variety of commercial and “homegrown” data systems to gather and manage information on youth on juvenile probation caseloads and to…
Publication cover Innovation Brief: Reforming Automatic Transfer Laws: A Success Story
Nov 30, 2012, Jason Szanyi
In the mid-1980s, the Illinois Legislature took a tough stance on drug use among youth. As part of a national trend toward harsher punishments for juveniles, lawmakers decided to prosecute in adult…
Publication cover Innovation Brief: Partnering with Schools to Reduce Juvenile Justice Referrals
Nov 30, 2012, Jason Szanyi
In Peoria, Illinois, a large number of African-American youth were entering detention for aggravated battery in one public high school. After learning more about the problem, local juvenile justice…
Publication cover Innovation Brief: Mental Health Needs and Due Process Rights: Finding the Balance
Nov 30, 2012, Autumn Dickman
Models for Change sites have launched a variety of initiatives to identify and treat justice involved youths with mental health and substance abuse problems. They include screening and assessment…
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 Measurable Progress Updates
Dec 8, 2013, Illiniois Models for Change
This report updates some of the key changes in juvenile justice law, policy and practice that have taken place in Illinois during the period 2012-2013.
Publication cover Illinois Leaders Perspective
Apr 1, 2012, Various
The goal of the Illinois Models for Change Fast Forward project was to hear and learn from a range of influential state leaders on how they view the current state of juvenile justice in Illinois,…
Publication cover Knowledge Brief: Is There a Link between Child Welfare and Disproportionate Minority Contact in Juvenile Justice?
Dec 1, 2011, Models for Change Research Initiative
African-American children are represented in foster care and other child welfare placements at a rate more than twice their representation in the U.S. child population. Like others in the child…
Publication cover Knowledge Brief: Harnessing the Capacity for Change
Dec 1, 2011, Models for Change Research Initiative
Organizational change requires more than good ideas. Organizations must also have thecapacity and resources necessary to reach the desired goals. In this project, the researchers interviewed and…
Publication cover Measurable Progress Series: Redeploy Illinois
Dec 8, 2013, Jim Bray
Redeploy Illinois targets what some juvenile justice advocates have called a “perverse fiscal incentive” to commit youth to the state’s Department of Juvenile Justice. As in many…
Publication cover Knowledge Brief: How Can We Know If Juvenile Justice Reforms Are Worth the Cost?
Dec 1, 2011, Models for Change Research Initiative
With governments at every level facing grim budget forecasts, policymakers need to knowas much as possible about what juvenile justice activities yield the greatest social good fora given level of…
Publication cover Illinois Juvenile Defender Practice Notebook
Nov 10, 2011, Rey Cheatham Banks
The Illinois Juvenile Defender Practice Notebook assists defenders who practice in one of the most rewarding and yet most challenging areas of law – juvenile defense.
Publication cover Your Guide to the Juvenile Justice System in Illinois
Nov 9, 2011, Marjorie Moss
An illustrated guide for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system in Illinois.
Publication cover Innovation Brief: Ogle County’s Juvenile Justice Council
Dec 12, 2013, Lisa Jacobs and Jim Bray
Ogle County in northwestern Illinois looks like many rural communities, with a relatively small population (53,497) spread across a large geographic area (758 square miles). But Ogle County has…
Publication cover Guidelines for Collecting and Recording the Race and Ethnicity of Youth in Illinois’ Juvenile Justice System
Nov 24, 2008, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
The Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission and the Illinois Models for Change Initiative strongly encourage agencies, organizations and practitioners at all stages of the juvenile justice system to…

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Publication cover Innovation Brief: Using Evidence-Based Intervention with Youth Who Have Committed Sexual Offenses
Dec 8, 2014, Illinois Models for Change Invitative
Despite a growing body of research challenging traditional assumptions about youth who sexually offend, few jurisdictions have made a systematic effort to use this research to re-engineer the way in…
Publication cover Adolescent Domestic Battery: Responding Effectively to Families in Crisis
Dec 12, 2013, Illiniois Models for Change
This monograph describes how the Illinois Models for Change (MfC) projects in Cook, DuPage and Peoria counties developed policy, practice, and programs to respond to adolescent domestic battery. In…
Publication cover Overview of Illinois’ Juvenile Justice Data Systems
Dec 8, 2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Research and Information Consortium Briefing Document
In Illinois, information on youth involved in the juvenile justice system is collected in a patchwork of municipal, county and state data systems. Not only do the actual data systems or programs…
Publication cover Responding to Youth and Families in Crisis: Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services (CCBYS)
Dec 8, 2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Research and Information Consortium Briefing Document
The Comprehensive Community-Based Youth Services Program (CCBYS) is Illinois’ primary crisis response system to prevent young people from entering either the child welfare or juvenile justice…
Publication cover JMIS Illinois’ Statewide Detention Data System
Dec 8, 2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Research and Information Consortium Briefing Document
The Illinois Juvenile Monitoring Information System (JMIS) is a web-based data platform which gathers and disseminates data on the detention of youth in any detention facilities in Illinois. JMIS is…
Publication cover Overview of Screening and Assessment in Illinois’ Juvenile Justice System
Dec 8, 2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Research and Information Consortium Briefing Document
Structured, objective and validated screening and assessment tools provide decision-makers with reliable and relevant information to guide decisions about care, supervision and services for…
Publication cover Raising the Age of Juvenile Court Jurisdiction: The Future of 17-yr-olds in Illinois' Justice System
Feb 1, 2013, Illinois Juvenile Justice Commission
In 2009, legislative advocates in Illinois supported moving 17-yr-olds from criminal to juvenile court jurisdiction. The proposal was vigorously debated, with opponents raising concerns over public…
Publication cover Innovation Brief: Bringing Restorative Justice into the Classroom: Partnering with Schools to Reduce Juvenile Justice Referrals
Dec 8, 2012, Illinois Models for Change
In Peoria, Illinois, a large number of African American youth were entering detention for aggravated battery in one public high school. After learning more about the problem, juvenile justice and…
Publication cover Addressing the Needs of Multi-System Youth: Strengthening the Connection between Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
Mar 1, 2012, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University and Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
It has been known for quite some time that children involved in the child welfare system are at risk of “crossing over” to the juvenile justice system and, inversely, that many juvenile…
Publication cover Counting Latino Youth in the Illinois Juvenile Justice System
Dec 9, 2011, National Council of La Raza
The report details the inadequacy of information on Hispanic youth, who constitute one of the fastest-growing segments of the population, and highlights this lack of data as a major barrier to…
Publication cover Adding Up Models for Change: Initial Findings from the Models for Change Database
Dec 9, 2011, Patrick Griffin, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Models for Change was deliberately designed to be wide-ranging—to support state and local reformers in a variety of settings, working in variety of issue areas, and taking a variety of…
Publication cover Probation Review Guidebook
Dec 9, 2011, Janet K. Wiig and John A. Tuell, Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
The genesis for this guidebook was the probation review work undertaken in Jefferson Parish, LA as part of the work in the four core states associated with Models for Change: System Reform in…
Publication cover Juvenile Justice Guide Book for Legislators
Dec 5, 2011, National Conference of State Legislators
Under a partnership with the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, NCSL has published a juvenile justice guidebook addressing the most important juvenile justice policy issues of the day. …
Publication cover State Trends: Legislative Victories from 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System
Mar 16, 2011, Neelum Arya, Research & Policy Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice
Neelum Arya, National Research and Policy Director at the Campaign for Youth Justice, recently authored the report, State Trends: Legislative Changes from 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth from the Adult…
Publication cover Juvenile Diversion Guidebook
Mar 1, 2011, Models for Change Juvenile Diversion Workgroup
Programs that divert youth from involvement in the juvenile justice system have become more frequent in response to the growing recognition that such involvement often is not necessary to achieve…
Publication cover Peoria County Juvenile Domestic Violence Work Area Transition Report
Jan 4, 2011, Jeff Gress
Each of the Illinois Demonstration Sites for Community Based Alternatives have developed transition reports for each of their written work-plan supported areas. The Peoria County Juvenile Domestic…
Publication cover Improving the Effectiveness of Juvenile Justice Programs: A New Perspective on Evidence-Based Practice
Dec 3, 2010, Mark W. Lipsey, James C. Howell, Marion R. Kelly, Gabrielle Chapman, Darin Carver
Interventions for juvenile offenders should alter their behavior in ways that reduce their delinquency and improve their chances to prosper as productive citizens. Juvenile justice systems make use…
Publication cover Models for Change Innovations in Practice
Nov 30, 2010, Patrick Griffin
This report briefly summarizes four promising practice innovations that have emerged from Models for Change funding and technical assistance in four key partner states, Pennsylvania, Illinois,…
Publication cover 2010 Overview of Models for Change: Systems Reform in Juvenile Justice
Nov 16, 2010, Models for Change
Provides an overview of the Models for Change initiative including: Background/Perspective, Framework, Grantmaking Strategy, Advancing the Models, Frequently Asked Questions, National Resource Bank…
Publication cover Peoria County BARJ Work Area Transition Report
Sep 30, 2010, Jeff Gress
Each of the Illinois Demonstration Sites for Community Based Alternatives have developed transition reports for each of their written work-plan supported areas. The Peoria County Balanced and…
Publication cover Report on the Behavioral Health Program for Youth Committed to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice
Jul 29, 2010, Illinois Models for Change Behavioral Health Assessment Team
In response to a request for technical assistance from the Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), the Illinois Models for Change initiative assembled a team of mental health and corrections…
Publication cover Models for Change 2009 Update: Core State Progress
Nov 2, 2009, Patrick Griffin, National Center for Juvenile Justice
Central to the Models for Change strategy is its long-termpartnership with four key states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana,and Washington. By supporting comprehensive reformsin these core states,…
Publication cover Juvenile Justice Bill Tracking Database
Sep 1, 2009, Sarah Hammond
Juvenile Justice Database Under the National Conference of State Legislature's partnership with the MacArthur Foundation, a Juvenile Justice Bill Tracking Database was developed to bring you…
Publication cover Strategies: Chicago Urban League Newsletter Summer 2009 Vol. 1 No. 5
Jul 6, 2009, Chicago Urban League
Chicago Urban League's Newsletter with special focus on disproportionate contact of minority youth with the juvenile justice system. The Newsletter features an interview with James Bell, Founder and…
Publication cover Redeploy Illinois Annual Report Impact and Implementation 2008
Apr 14, 2009, Redepoly Illinois Oversight Board (RIOB)
Documents how four Redeploy Illinois pilot programs reduced commitments to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice by 51 percent, or 400 fewer youth in the first three years, and mobilized…
Publication cover Collecting and Analyzing Data on Racial and Ethnic Disparities: The Peoria Pilot Project
Apr 1, 2009, James Bell, Laura John Ridolfi, Lori Brown
The W. Haywood Burns Institute (BI) and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation collaborated to develop and pilot a data template that enables local jurisdictions to strategically gather…
Publication cover Models for Change 2008 Update: Gathering Force
Dec 9, 2008, Models for Change, National Center for Juvenile Justice
Outlines specific achievements made in each of the four Model States and three Action Networks since December 2007. Over the last year the sense of movement in the field of juvenile justice, of…
Publication cover Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform: 2007-2008
Dec 1, 2008, National Juvenile Justice Network
Provides an extensive sampling of juvenile justice reforms across the country from 2007-2008. The booklet is organized by topic area and includes a state index of reforms.
Publication cover The Illinois Juvenile Defender Practice Notebook
Dec 1, 2008, Children and Family Justice National Juvenile Defender Center and Center of the Bluhm Legal Clinic at Northwestern School of Law
Note, the download link above provides a cover image—at this time the Notebook is only available to registered users of the Illinois Juvenile Defender Resource Institute website. In December…
Publication cover The Second Century: Juvenile Justice Reform in Illinois
Dec 1, 2008, Mark Soler
This report illustrates significant achievements with policies and practices in Illinois' juvenile justice system. The report includes information on efforts to utilize data and public education to…
Publication cover Illinois Side by Side Assessment Recommendations
Oct 2, 2008, National Juvenile Detention Center
This document summarizes issues, solutions and recommendation identified in the Illinois assessment.
Publication cover An Overview of Illinois Medicaid and SCHIP Programs
Aug 1, 2008, National Academy for State Health Policy, Dan Belnap
Intended to assist professionals who work in systems serving children, such as juvenile justice and child welfare. For more information about Medicaid and its key concepts as they relate to the…
Publication cover Changing Course: A Review of the First Two Years of Drug Transfer Reform in Illinois
May 31, 2008, Illinois Juvenile Justice Initiative
Details the reform efforts that led to passage of PA 94-0574, which reversed the automatic transfer of juvenile drug cases to adult court, and the impact the law has had in the two years after it…
Publication cover Overview of The Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Apr 8, 2008, Models for Change Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network
Provides information on the startup, organization and strategies of the iniative's Mental Health/Juvenile Justice Action Network including background on the issue of mental health in juvenile justice.
Publication cover Advances in Juvenile Justice Reform: 2006-2007
Nov 1, 2007, National Juvenile Justice Network
Provides an extensive sampling of juvenile justice reforms across the country from 2006-2007. The booklet is organized by topic area and includes a state index of reforms.
Publication cover Potential for Change: Illinois Executive Summary
Nov 1, 2007, Center for Children's Law and Policy
Presents Illinois-specific results of public opinion poll conducted in 2007 by Center for Children's Law and Policy (with research firm Belden Russonello and Stewart) to survey public attitudes on…
Publication cover Rehabilitation Versus Incarceration of Juvenile Offenders: Public Preferences in Four Models for Change States
Nov 1, 2007, Alex R. Piquero, John Jay College of Criminal Justice and Laurence Steinberg, Temple University
Presents the results of a poll measuring respondents’ willingness to pay for alternative policy proposals for juvenile offenders. Telephone interviews were conducted with a random sample of…
Publication cover Potential for Change: Public Attitudes and Policy Preferences for Juvenile Justice Systems Reform
Nov 1, 2007, Center for Children's Law and Policy
Summary of findings from a public opinion poll that included over-sampling in the four Models for Change states to determine attitudes held by the public there. Americans' attitudes about youth, race…
Publication cover The Accelerating Pace of Juvenile Justice Reform
Oct 31, 2007, National Juvenile Defender Center, Justice Policy Institute
Outlines trends identified by a survey of state-level enactments and policy changes in 2006-2007.
Publication cover Models for Change: Illinois Workplan
Oct 31, 2007, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Outlines reform efforts in the second Model state, Illinois, which focusing on bringing about change in three areas identified as already ripe for improvement: juvenile court jurisdiction;…
Publication cover Illinois: An Assessment of Access to Counsel & Quality of Representation in Delinquency Proceedings
Sep 13, 2007, Children and Family Justice Center, Bluhm Legal Clinic, Northwestern University School of Law and The National Juvenile Defender Center
Forty years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a landmark decision: In In re Gault, the Court ruled that children accused of delinquent acts are entitled to the protections of due process of law,…
Publication cover Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Action Network FAQ
Jun 21, 2007, Center for Children's Law and Policy
Answers frequently asked questions about the DMC Action Network, a Models for Change-supported forum for sharing knowledge and accelerating progress in the reduction of racial and ethnic disparities…
Publication cover Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Action Network: Invitation to Join
Jun 20, 2007, Center for Children's Law and Policy, Mark Soler, Executive Director, Lisa Garry, DMC Policy Director
Invitation to apply to be one of four additional states or local sites (e.g., counties or cities) across the country provide leadership in reduction of disproportionate minority contact as a member…
Publication cover Redeploy Illinois Annual Report Implementation and Impact 2007
May 24, 2007, Redeploy Illinois Oversight Board (RIOB)
Documents how four Redeploy Illinois pilot programs reduced commitments to Illinois Department of Juvenile Justice on average by 44%, or 226 fewer youth in the first two years, thereby saving the…
Publication cover Illinois: System Snapshot
Dec 10, 2006, National Center for Juvenile Justice
Provides information on the juvenile justice system in Illinois including key agencies, demographics, framework, statistics, etc.
Publication cover Building Momentum for Juvenile Justice Reform
Nov 30, 2005, Justice Policy Institute
Tells the story of how the four Models for Change states—Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, and Washington—are already moving to reform and reshape their own state juvenile justice…
Publication cover Illinois: Reducing Disproportionate Minority Contact Promoting Accountability and Fairness in Juvenile Justice
Oct 13, 2005, Civitas ChildLaw Center, Chicago Council on Urban Affairs
Provides statistics on disproportionate minority contact with the Illinois juvenile justice system, including along with brief information on efforts underway to improve racial fairness.
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