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Publication cover NCSC Trends in State Courts 2014
Jul 2, 2014, Mulitple
National Center for State Courts' (NCSC) Trends in State Courts 2014 focuses on what courts can do, and are doing, to serve the needs of society’s most vulnerable groups: juveniles and the…
Publication cover Runaway Youth: A Research Brief
May 28, 2014, Sydney McKinney
Running away is a status offense in 39 states. While the exact number of youth who run away from home each year is unknown, evidence suggests that most return home within a few days. This research…
Publication cover Capital City Correction: Reforming DC's Use of Adult Incarceration Against Youth
May 19, 2014, Eduardo Ferrer
From 2007 to 2012, 541 youth were charged as adults and incarcerated in adult jail in the District of Columbia. While incarcerated in the adult jail, these DC youth were housed in a developmentally…
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
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 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…

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Publication cover Family Involvement in Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System
Nov 1, 2009, Wendy Luckenbill & Clay Yeager
When children are involved with juvenile justice, the involvement of families is critical to a successful outcome. Yet, family involvement is frequently associated with negative rather than positive…