Cross-disciplinary teams from these jurisdictions will complete a weeklong intensive training onsite in Washington, DC. Alongside experts from CJJR, the CSG Justice Center, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, these teams—comprising chief probation officers, field probation officers, judges, prosecutors, and other officials—will collaboratively develop a capstone project and strategic action plan that details the specific changes they plan to enact upon completion of the training that will improve their system and the opportunities for youth within it.
The endeavors are part of the Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOYouth) initiative, an effort by the National Reentry Resource Center to answer the call of state and local jurisdictions struggling to ensure that resources are being efficiently used to help young people who interact with the juvenile justice system succeed.
Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (Senate Bill 108) on May 28—a crucial step toward aligning the state’s juvenile justice system with what research shows works to improve outcomes for youth, strengthen public safety, and efficiently use resources.
“Since the Second Chance Act was implemented, more than 160,000 men, women, and youth have benefitted from Second Chance Act grants. For example, in my home state of Wisconsin, we saw a 20 percent decrease in recidivism over a 10-year period after implementing reentry support programs. I’d call that a success.”
Policymakers, corrections officials, practitioners, and other leaders plan to commemorate Second Chance Month—celebrated throughout April—with a host of activities highlighting efforts to support people transitioning from prison or jail back into the community.
Built on evidence-based principles, this training curriculum supports law enforcement and other service providers in fostering strong community relationships, enhancing interactions with youth, and creating effective interventions.
This webinar from the SAMHSA GAINS Center will provide an overview of recently released best practice standards for family treatment courts standards and how programs and courts can begin to implement them.
The purpose of this program is to support the development and/or expansion of local implementation of a community infrastructure that integrates substance addiction treatment, housing services, and other critical services for individuals (including youth) and families experiencing homelessness.
In this webinar staff, from the CSG Justice Center and representatives from the U.S. Department of Education discuss opportunities for states and jurisdictions to improve employment outcomes for this population, and best practice examples from other jurisdictions around the country.
In 2016, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention began awarding grants to states seeking to revamp their juvenile diversion policies and practices, with the goal of reducing formal system contact, improving youth outcomes, and reducing racial and ethnic disparities. In this webinar, presenters share lessons learned from this and other juvenile diversion improvement initiatives.
This webinar explains the research and track record of reform efforts underpinning the IOYouth approach as well as discusses why conducting a comprehensive review of system-wide policies and expenditures is critical to protecting public safety and efficient resource allocation.
The presenters of this webinar discuss overcoming the challenges to effective community engagement and explore ways to increase the number of juvenile record clearances.
This webinar explores ways that juvenile defenders and civil legal aid attorneys can partner to share expertise and provide essential legal representation for youth facing the collateral consequences of having criminal records.
This report proposes building a new future-proof Workforce Equity Trust Fund that will enshrine fundamental workforce protections into law.
This project uses expert consultations, a program scan, and case studies to better understand how human services organizations help participants build and leverage social capital to improve economic opportunity.
Drawing on first-of-its-kind survey data collected from all 50 states in partnership with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, this new brief from The Council of State Governments Justice Center and the National Reentry Resource Center establishes an unprecedented baseline for understanding how juvenile correctional agencies are preparing youth for employment.
This snapshot from the National Juvenile Defender Center is based on statutory analysis and interviews with juvenile defenders in every state, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. It examines how state laws governing money bail in delinquency proceedings are put into practice in local jurisdictions and how those practices can impact youth and their families in the juvenile legal system.
This brief highlights key evaluation findings from the National Initiative for Building Community Trust and Justice, a six-city effort to promote more equitable, just, and respectful policing practices and improve relationships and trust between law enforcement and community members.
A new study published in the journal BMC Public Health reports that children who were physically or sexually abused, neglected or otherwise treated badly, are at higher risk of showing delinquent behavior or offending the law, as they grow into their teens and later into young adults.
There are more than 30 participants in Community Action of Greater Indianapolis’ We CANN program, which works with young men from some of Indianapolis’ highest-crime areas.
The Link in Minneapolis, MN, and both Larkin Street Youth Services and Collaborative Courts for Superior Courts in San Francisco, CA, shared how they are leveraging partnerships between the homelessness services and justice systems to disrupt and end the cycle of homelessness among youth and young adults.
As a youth advocate with the Philadelphia-based Juvenile Law Center, Bree recounted their experience of incarceration in a report. “I felt violated, like I wasn’t even a human being anymore.”
Instead of expanding the list of offenses for which young people are automatically charged as adults (as some legislators attempted last session), it’s time for policymakers to revise these ineffective laws as other states have done.