Now through July 26, 2019, teams representing state and local juvenile justice jurisdictions can apply to participate in a new program designed to help transform juvenile probation culture and practice.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation-supported program — called the Transforming Juvenile Probation Certificate Program — was developed in partnership with Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of State Governments Justice Center. Scheduled for November 4-8, 2019, in Washington, D.C., the program’s curriculum offers intensive instruction, discussion and planning to jurisdictions ready to question the purpose and goals of probation.
Practitioners, researchers and policymakers will lead sessions on:
- incorporating practices for equity;
- youth, family and community engagement;
- diversion and disposition decisions;
- the role of the probation officer; and
- leading transformational change.
“This is an opportunity for jurisdictions to fully shift the role of probation officers away from surveillance and sanctions and toward a focus on promoting personal growth, positive behavior change and long-term success for youth,” says Steve Bishop, a senior associate with the Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Justice Strategy Group.
Watch a three-minute video on Casey’s vision for probation transformation
The curriculum is based on the principles and practices outlined in Casey’s Transforming Juvenile Probation: A Vision for Getting it Right and a second publication, Transforming Juvenile Justice Systems to Improve Public Safety and Youth Outcomes, produced by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Justice Center.
Teams will receive both on-site and virtual technical assistance to develop and implement policies and practices; train staff and stakeholders to promote buy-in and collaboration; and assess, evaluate and sustain progress. As part of the program, each team will also develop a capstone project that lays out a clear action for transforming juvenile probation in their jurisdiction. Once the project is approved, participants will receive an executive certificate from Georgetown University and join CJJR's network of more than 1,200 Fellows.
The program can accommodate seven teams of up to eight members each. All teams are required to have a chief probation officer, judge and prosecutor among its members. Other positions, such as a leader of a community-based organization, are recommended.
Chosen teams will demonstrate most or all of the following characteristics:
- a commitment to comprehensive probation transformation;
- a history of effective implementation of juvenile justice reforms;
- a history of successful collaboration among agencies, public systems and stakeholders; and
- the organizational and data capacity to support probation transformation.
Learn more about the program, application process, selection criteria and cost for participation by downloading the Request for Applications.