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
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges publishes a monthly newsletter with practical programmatic advice, how-to discussions, and the latest updates from the field. Access the archive of newsletters here.
Topics: Case Management, Co-Occurring Disorders, Community and School Involvement, Community Supervision and Probation, Confidentiality and Ethics, Contingency Management Strategies, Cost-Benefit, Crime Prevention, Culture, Drug and Alcohol Testing, Evidence-based Practices, Family Involvement and Assessment, Gender and Culturally Responsive Treatment, Incentives and Sanctions, Judicial, Law Enforcement, Performance Measurement and Evaluation, Phases and Court Requirements, Planning a Drug Court, Substance Use Disorder, Sustainability, Treatment, Treatment-led Responses for JDTC Proceedings
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.
Topics: Community and School Involvement
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
Topics: Community and School Involvement
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.
Topics: Adolescent Development
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
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.
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.
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.
5th tool in a series of 5 resources provided by OJJDP in collaboration with the National Mentoring Resource Center. The following materials were developed by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Massachusetts Bay, which over the years has demonstrated a tremendous organizational commitment to research-guided practice. In developing these closure materials, the agency drew heavily from research conducted by… Continue Reading BBBS Mass Bay Closure Tools
4th tool in a series of 5 resources provided by OJJDP, in collaboration with the National Mentoring Resource Center. This document features sample check-in questions that mentoring program staff can use during regular communication with mentors, parents and youth participants. These questions are designed to supplement the resource Examining Mentoring Relationship Health rubric, in which program staff… Continue Reading Match Support Check-in Questions
3rd tool in a series of 5 resources provided by OJJDP, in collaboration with the National Mentoring Resource Center. This resource and the supplemental Match Support Check-in Questions are designed to support mentoring program staff to gain feedback from youth, mentors, and parents to inform the overall health of individual mentoring relationships. With this framework, a match… Continue Reading Examining the Health of Youth Mentoring Relationships
2nd tool in a series of 5 resources provided by OJJDP, in collaboration with the National Mentoring Resource Center. The goal of this tool is to allow end users (primarily youth mentoring program staff, but also possibly funders, researchers, and other stakeholders) to put an estimate on the amount of staff time it might take to properly… Continue Reading User Manual – Staffing Calculator for Match Support
1st tool in a series of 5 resources provided by OJJDP in collaboration with the National Mentoring Resource Center. This tool is designed to help mentoring program staff uncover and support appropriate expectations among all parties to mentoring relationships including parents, mentors, and youth. The language and questions in the following scripts are tailored for program staff… Continue Reading Starting Relationships Right