CJJR & CSG Justice Center Release New Paper on Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems
Co-authored by CJJR and the CSG Justice Center, "Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes," provides a roadmap of six innovative strategies that states and localities can follow to make sweeping changes to their juvenile justice systems. Facing high recidivism rates and limited resources, juvenile justice systems need to reconsider foundational questions regarding who is supervised and served by the system; how those youth are supervised and served; and to what extent agencies and individuals are held accountable for system performance. After conducting interviews and focus groups with nearly 50 researchers, system experts and national leaders, CJJR and the CSG Justice Center identified the following 6 strategies designed to re-orient juvenile justice systems and improve public safety and outcomes for youth:
  • Decriminalize status offenses and automatically divert all youth who commit certain offenses and are screened as low risk from court involvement
  • Develop professional standards and supports to cultivate a dedicated cadre of juvenile court judges and attorneys
  • Tie conditions of supervision directly to youth’s delinquent offenses and eliminate the practice of filing technical violations of probation and parole
  • Redefine the primary function of community supervision as promoting positive youth behavior change
  • Focus case planning and service delivery on strengthening youth’s connections to positive adults, peers, and community supports
  • Use data and predictive analytics to guide system decisions and hold supervision agencies, courts, and service providers accountable for improved youth outcomes 

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At Janet Reno Forum, Leaders Discuss Innovative Juvenile Justice Strategies
 
On May 21st, approximately 200 policymakers, practitioners, researchers, educators, judicial officials, community members, foundation representatives and advocates traveled to Georgetown University from across the country to attend the 2018 Janet Reno Forum and participate in a discussion about the future of the juvenile justice system. During the convening, national experts, system leaders and funders took part in panel discussions around the six key strategies for reform... 
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Juvenile Justice Systems Need to Transform to Have Lasting Impact on Youth Outcomes

By: Shay Bilchik and Josh Weber | Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
 
For juvenile court judges, correctional facility administrators and community supervision agency leaders throughout the country, the progress juvenile justice systems have made in recent years is clear. Nationwide, juvenile arrest rates are at historic lows, and incarceration rates have plummeted by more than half. Despite these tremendous strides, data and experience indicates that juvenile justice systems are still not operating as effectively as possible.

 

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Taking Care of Our Children Is One Thing We Can Agree On

By: Maggy Hurchalla | TC Palm
 
I was in Washington D.C. last week walking paths along the Potomac River where I walked and paddled with my sister almost 20 years ago. I communed with family ghosts and admired the awesome power of Great Falls in flood.
 
My big sister, Janet Reno, and I learned to whitewater kayak on the littler falls downstream. My trip to D.C. was about justice, rather than kayaking.


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To Cut Recidivism, Focus on Public Safety, Not Technical Violations, Report Says

By: Matt Smith | Juvenile Justice Information Exchange
 
Want to keep youth out of the juvenile justice system? Maybe the best way is not to lock them up in the first place. A new report that examines innovative efforts to reduce recidivism across the country recommends that authorities focus more effort on youth whose behaviors pose a threat to public safety — and to stop pouring those who don’t into the justice system.