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Topic: Adolescent Development

and Impact of Substance Abuse

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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 le… Continue Reading Applying principles of adolescent development in delinquency proceedings


Adolescent-Based Treatment Interventions and Assessment Instruments

This is a comprehensive guide to various intervention strategies and assessment tools for youth involved in juvenile drug courts. 


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7 Things Juvenile Courts Should Know About Learning Disabilities

This is a guide to help juvenile courts better understand the link between learning disabilities and delinquency, working with these populations, and the challenges that juvenile courts face as they deal with these problems.  


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The JDAI System Assessment Framework

The system assessment is a key process used in JDAI sites to assess the pretrial phase of the juvenile justice system and to plan improvements.


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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 Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) in Brief: Engaging Court Appointed Special Advocates to Improve Outcomes for Crossover Youth

This is a brief on the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform’s method to improving outcomes for youth in the justice system and child welfare system.


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Providing a Promising Future for Nevada’s Girls: A Statewide Gender-Specific Plan

Assessment, training, and writing the statewide Gender-Specific Services Plan to address the needs of females in the juvenile justice system.


Alternative Peer Groups – Adolescent Recovery from Substance use

Factors throughout childhood leading to drug abuse amongst adolescents and how alternative peer groups can help address these factors to curb addiction.


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