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Incentive and Sanction Idea List

The JDTC TTA team is commonly asked about ideas for incentives and sanctions, so we have created a list to help your team in brainstorming creative solutions. Of course, you should create an individualized list for each youth in case management based their interests and their needs but this list will help direct your process.
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Screening and Assessment Tools for Juvenile Drug Treatment Courts

It is important for juvenile drug treatment courts to screen and assess potential participants for substance use disorders and criminogenic risk factors. This resource, developed by the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Training and Technical Assistance Initiative, is a short reference guide of validated, evidence-based tools for screening and assessment in juvenile courts.
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Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings

In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, the National Juvenile Defender Center released “Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings,” an information card to promote judicial leadership in fulfilling children’s constitutional right to representation in juvenile court. This information card highlights due process and the right to counsel;… Continue Reading Honoring Gault: Ensuring Access to Counsel in Delinquency Proceedings

Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings

In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the National Juvenile Defender Center released “Applying Principles of Adolescent Development in Delinquency Proceedings,” an information card to promote judicial leadership in recognizing the developmental differences between youth and adults and integrate, at each stage of the case, applicable principles supported by… Continue Reading Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings

Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)

In partnership with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), the National Juvenile Defender Center released released “Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE),” an information card to promote judicial leadership in supporting Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer or Questioning, and Gender Non-Conforming (LGBTQ-GNC) Youth. Access… Continue Reading Access to Juvenile Justice Irrespective of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Gender Expression (SOGIE)

Tips on Youth Trauma for Juvenile Defenders

“As a defender, it is important to consider how trauma and mental illness may have played a role in the behaviors that led a young person to become your client. Below are five points to guide your advocacy.” Read more
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Mentoring Best Practices Research: Effectiveness of Juvenile Mentoring Programs on Recidivism

This study was funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and authored by the Center for Criminal Justice Research at theUniversity of Cincinnati. Four research questions are examined in this document: (1) Are the mentoring services studied here effective in reducing delinquent and criminal reoffending?; (2) Does the impact of these… Continue Reading Mentoring Best Practices Research: Effectiveness of Juvenile Mentoring Programs on Recidivism
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Trauma-Informed Classrooms

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released “Trauma-Informed Classrooms.” This OJJDP-funded technical assistance bulletin provides an overview of the impact of trauma on students and explores how adverse life experiences can impact their behavior in the classroom. The bulletin also offers strategies for creating trauma-informed classrooms. Access this technical assistance bulletin here.
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Collecting Data and Sharing Information to Improve School-Justice Partnerships

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released “Collecting Data and Sharing Information to Improve School-Justice Partnerships.” This OJJDP-funded technical assistance bulletin explores the central data needs for school-justice partnerships and issues related to sharing information across agencies. Juvenile courts nationwide handle cases referred by schools for truancy or behavioral incidents. Since 2012, the… Continue Reading Collecting Data and Sharing Information to Improve School-Justice Partnerships
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Developmental Reform in Juvenile Justice: Translating the Science of Adolescent Development to Sustainable Best Practice

This brief is designed to help state and local jurisdictions incorporate research on adolescent development into their efforts to maximize improved and sustainable youth outcomes and system performance. The document can be accessed here.
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The Intersection of Juvenile Courts and Exclusionary School Discipline

This OJJDP-funded technical assistance bulletin focuses on schools’ zero tolerance and exclusionary discipline policies that push youth out of the classroom and into the juvenile justice system. The bulletin addresses the effectiveness of exclusionary discipline and provides strategies to reduce the number of youth who come into contact with law enforcement and the juvenile justice… Continue Reading The Intersection of Juvenile Courts and Exclusionary School Discipline
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Reflections on New National Data on LGBQ/GNCT Youth in the Justice System

This paper reports on new national data on the over-representation of LGBQ/GNCT youth in the juvenile justice system and provides recommendations for key justice stakeholders on how to best serve these youths. The full report can be accessed here.
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Reducing Youth Arrests Keeps Kids Healthy and Successful

This Human Impact Partners report evaluates the health and equity impacts of youth arrest in Michigan, with a focus on the city of Detroit, and Wayne and Washtenaw Counties. The full report can be accessed here.
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Juvenile InJustice: Charging Youth as Adults is Ineffective, Biased, and Harmful

This report evaluates the health and equity impacts of charging youth as adults in criminal court. This report is meant to elevate the lived experiences of young people who have been tried as adults and to understand those experiences in the context of policy and public health research. The full report can be accessed here.
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