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Leveraging the Every Student Succeeds Act to Improve Educational Services in Juvenile Justice Facilities (2018)

The goal of this policy brief is to provide state and local policymakers as well as education and juvenile justice leaders with information about how they can use requirements under ESSA to improve education and workforce outcomes for youth in long-term juvenile justice facilities.

The Relationship Between Adverse Childhood Experiences and Recidivism in a Sample of Juvenile Offenders in Community Based Treatment (2017)

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) have been identified as a key risk factor for a range of negative life outcomes, including delinquency. Much less is known about how exposure to negative experiences relates to continued offending among juvenile offenders.

Mentoring Best Practices Research: Effectiveness of Juvenile Mentoring Programs on Recidivism: Final Report (2017)

This report presents findings from a project in which researchers examined six mentoring programs in Ohio to better understand their impact on recidivism. Youth on parole and probation who received mentoring services were matched with similar youth who did not receive mentoring services.

Youth Confinement: The Whole Pie (2018)

This report provides an introductory snapshot of what happens when justice-involved youth are held by the state: where they are held, under what conditions, and for what offenses.

Positive Outcomes: Strategies for Assessing the Progress of Youth Involved in the Justice System (2018)

This report reviews a number of prominent frameworks that are available to help youth justice systems rely on positive outcomes rather than recidivism to measure their effectiveness.

Arches Transformative Mentoring Program: An Implementation and Impact Evaluation in New York City (2018)

This report evaluates the New York City-based Arches Transformative Mentoring program, finding that participation in the program reduces one-year felony reconviction by over two-thirds, and reduces two-year felony reconviction by over half, with especially profound impacts for the youngest progra

Assessing the Impact of Georgia’s Sentencing Reforms: Justice Reinvestment Initiative (2017)

In 2012, Georgia passed comprehensive criminal justice reform legislation. The reforms restructured offense classifications and sentencing policies for drug and property offenses with the goal of tailoring justice system responses to the severity of the offense committed.

Assessing the Impact of South Carolina’s Parole and Probation Reforms: Justice Reinvestment Initiative (2017)

In 2010, South Carolina passed the Sentencing Reform Act, enacting comprehensive criminal justice reforms.

Beyond Bars: Keeping Young People Safe at Home and Out of Youth Prisons (2017)

This report provides a clear blueprint for closing youth prisons and replacing them with community-based juvenile justice services.


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