MSC TTA Grants Awarded
CJJR Focuses on Evidence-Based Decision-Making
Over the past several decades there has been a growing body of research evidence on what works to reduce recidivism and other negative outcomes for youth in the justice system. Equally important has been the development of structured decision-making tools, including risk and needs assessment instruments and disposition matrices. When combined with evidence-based programs and services, these tools can be integrated as components of an evidence-based decision-making (EBDM) platform to support decisions and improve outcomes for youth at every stage of juvenile justice processing.  

This bulletin, co-authored by Jill Adams and Madeline Silva, describes the components of the EBDM platform implemented by jurisdictions involved in two recent CJJR demonstration projects, and summarizes key findings from a full report entitled "Juvenile Justice System Improvement: Implementing an Evidence-Based Decision-Making Platform". Later this month, CJJR will also continue the EBDM work in Oregon through an intensive Certificate Program and technical assistance year, which will bring together 6 county teams and the state level Oregon Youth Authority to develop readiness and capacity to implement an EBDM platform in their juvenile justice systems.


CCAS Awards MSC-TTA Grants to Four Jurisdictions

With support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Center for Coordinated Assistance to States (CCAS) has awarded grants to four jurisdictions, providing them with the opportunity to participate in the sixth cohort of the Multi-System Collaboration Training and Technical Assistance (MSC-TTA) program.

The four jurisdictions selected are:

  • Chatham County, Georgia
  • ​Franklin County, Ohio
  • Orleans Parish, Louisiana
  • The State of Massachusetts/Boston


Shay Bilchik and Macon Stewart Present at 2018 National CASA/GAL Conference

Last month, CJJR Director Shay Bilchik and Deputy Director for Multi-Systems Programs, Macon Stewart presented at the 2018 National CASA/GAL conference held March 10-13, in Boston, Massachusetts. More than 1,200 people gathered at the conference to celebrate the mission and impact of nearly 1,000 court appointed special advocate (CASA) and guardian ad litem (GAL) programs across the country.  Shay served on a panel titled, “Understanding and Interrupting the Child Welfare to Prison Pipeline” and was joined on the panel by...


CASA founder The Honorable David W Soukup - left - presented the 2018 National CASA Association Award of Excellence for Judge of the Year to The Honorable JH Corpening II

CJJR Certificate Program Instructor Receives David W. Soukup Judge of the Year Award

CJJR is pleased to share that Judge J.H. Corpening was recently recognized as the David W. Soukup Judge of the Year by the the National Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) Association for his Intensive Reunification Program.

Judge Corpening has been an instructor in CJJR's School-Justice Partnerships Certificate Program since it launched in 2015, and each year he provides participants with powerful insights and tools from his work partnering across systems and creating school-justice partnerships in North Carolina.


LA County Supervisors Photo

Supes Approve Motion Preventing ‘Dual Status,’ ‘Crossover’ Foster Youth

By: Santa Clara Valley News

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a motion aimed at preventing foster youth from becoming entangled in the juvenile justice system, and ensuring supportive care for those do.

Such “dual status” or “crossover” youth, who fall under the jurisdiction of both the dependency and delinquency systems, are a particularly vulnerable population: a 2016 report by Cal State Los Angeles showed that three-quarters of dual status youth had a mental health diagnosis, and one-tenth had attempted suicide.