Casey Selects 15 Sites to Train Juvenile Justice Frontline Staff

Posted April 9, 2019
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Reimagining Juvenile Justice training in Pima County, Arizona

The Casey Foun­da­tion has select­ed 15 state and local juve­nile jus­tice agen­cies and relat­ed orga­ni­za­tions to par­tic­i­pate in its inau­gur­al Reimag­in­ing Juve­nile Jus­tice (RJJ) Train-the-Train­er Insti­tute this May. The institute’s goal is to accel­er­ate the spread of the RJJ cur­ricu­lum, a six-part pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment oppor­tu­ni­ty for front­line staff work­ing with youth involved in the juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem and their families.

RJJ helps front­line staff bet­ter sup­port, divert and redi­rect youth to appro­pri­ate and fair jus­tice options. The cur­ricu­lum includes the fun­da­men­tals of pos­i­tive youth devel­op­ment, encour­ag­ing juve­nile jus­tice pro­fes­sion­als to build on young people’s strengths and assets and to cen­ter their work in racial and eth­nic equi­ty. Pro­fes­sion­als will learn how to nav­i­gate and col­lab­o­rate with oth­er pub­lic sys­tems to take advan­tage of resources for young people.

RJJ will go a long way toward deep­en­ing approach­es and prac­tices that reflect what we know about pos­i­tive youth devel­op­ment,” says David E. Brown, senior asso­ciate in the Foundation’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Strat­e­gy Group.

What’s next for the 15 train­ing sites?

In May, each juris­dic­tion will send a team of train­ers to the two-and-a-half-day RJJ Train­ing Insti­tute, which will be led by School & Main Insti­tute (SMI). The teams of train­ers then will deliv­er the RJJ cur­ricu­lum to pro­fes­sion­als in their home com­mu­ni­ties and juris­dic­tions between May and Decem­ber 2019. A num­ber of state agen­cies, says Brown, have indi­cat­ed their inter­est in con­tin­u­ing the train­ing beyond the ini­tial group.

Will the RJJ cur­ricu­lum be avail­able broadly?

Casey and SMI plan to make the RJJ cur­ricu­lum more broad­ly acces­si­ble to the field, includ­ing inter­ac­tive por­tions that will be avail­able online. The cur­ricu­lum will be refined based on feed­back from the 15 sites.

Where are the sites?

After a com­pet­i­tive process, the Foun­da­tion select­ed the following:

  • Ari­zona Supreme Court and Pinal Coun­ty, Arizona
  • Arkansas Admin­is­tra­tive Office of the Courts
  • Cal­casieu Parish Office of Juve­nile Jus­tice Ser­vices, Lake Charles, Louisiana
  • Coun­ty of San­ta Bar­bara Pro­ba­tion Depart­ment, California
  • Mass­a­chu­setts Depart­ment of Youth Services
  • Dou­glas Coun­ty Youth Cen­ter, Oma­ha, Nebraska
  • Mary­land Depart­ment of Juve­nile Services
  • Ohio Depart­ment of Youth Ser­vices and the Ashtab­u­la, Franklin, Mont­gomery and Sum­mit Coun­ty Juve­nile Courts, Ohio
  • Pierce Coun­ty Juve­nile Court, Taco­ma, Washington
  • Racine Coun­ty, Wisconsin
  • Ram­sey Coun­ty Juve­nile Cor­rec­tions, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • San­ta Clara Coun­ty Pro­ba­tion Department/​Juvenile Divi­sion and East Side Union High School Dis­trict, San Jose, California
  • State of South Dako­ta Uni­fied Judi­cial System
  • Ten­nessee Depart­ment of Children’s Ser­vices and the Juve­nile Court of Mem­phis and Shel­by Coun­ty, Tennessee
  • Vir­ginia Depart­ment of Juve­nile Justice

Relat­ed resources:

Juve­nile Jus­tice Sys­tem Focus­es on Strengths of Youth and Fam­i­lies in Massachusetts

Pima Coun­ty Reform­ing Juve­nile Jus­tice With Casey-Spon­sored Training

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