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Juvenile justice

Mental Illness and Juvenile Offenders (2016)

Within the past decade, reliance on the juvenile justice system to meet the needs of juvenile offenders with mental health concerns has increased. Due to this tendency, research has been conducted on the effectiveness of various intervention and treatment programs/approaches with varied success.

Nearly a Quarter of Confined Juveniles Nationwide Held for Noncriminal Infractions (2018)

Horowitz, Jake, and Arna Carlock

Pew Charitable Trusts Public Safety Performance Project (Philadelphia, PA)

The Discontinuity of Offending Among African American Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (2017)

Little is known about what factors contribute to African American youth desisting from offending … Researchers investigated whether youth possessed protective factors and whether developmental change took place after contact with the juvenile justice system.

Involvement in the Juvenile Justice System for African American Adolescents: Examining Associations with Behavioral Health Problems (2017)

While researchers have found that African American youth experience higher levels of juvenile justice involvement at every system level (arrest, sentencing, and incarceration) relative to their other ethnic counterparts, few studies have explored how juvenile justice involvement and number of con

Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) (2018)

The Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) is a validated, data driven rating scheme for determining how well an existing program or service matches the research evidence for the effectiveness of that particular type of intervention for reducing the recidivism of juvenile offenders.

Juvenile Justice System Improvement: Implementing an Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform (2017)

This report explains how jurisdictions have integrated the JJSIP [Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project] and the JJRRI [Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative] into a successful “evidence-based decision-making platform, consisting of validated risk and needs assessment tools,

Local Validation of SPEP Ratings of Juvenile Justice Program Effectiveness: A Case Study (2017)

The Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) system rates how effectively juvenile justice services reduce recidivism.

Strategies for Reducing Criminal and Juvenile Justice Involvement: Building Ladders of Opportunity for Young People in the Great Lakes States, Brief 4 (2017)

Crime, victimization, and justice system responses greatly affect the life prospects of the most vulnerable Great Lakes youth, restricting their access to ladders of opportunity.

Implementation and Sustainability of Juvenile Reentry Programs in Second Chance Act Sites: Evaluation Sites in Oklahoma and Virginia (2017)

Delivering reentry services to youth proves challenging. This brief describes the implementation and sustainability of two Juvenile Second Chance Act reentry programs in Oklahoma and Virginia.

Implementing the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol to Rate Juvenile Justice Programs Lessons from OJJDP’s Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative (2016)

The Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP) is a system that rates the potential for therapeutic services to reduce recidivism among youth, by comparing programs to what prior evaluation has shown to be effective.


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