Evaluating Race Equity and Family Engagement Strategies to Reform the Deep End of Juvenile Justice

Updated on September 21, 2020, and originally posted August 10, 2020, by the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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What does it take to reduce out-of-home place­ments for youth of col­or in the juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem? A recent webi­nar host­ed by the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion shared promis­ing strate­gies and insights from an eval­u­a­tion fund­ed by the Casey Foun­da­tion and led by the Urban Insti­tute, an eco­nom­ic and social pol­i­cy research non­prof­it, and Math­e­mat­i­ca, a part­ner orga­ni­za­tion that uses data to solve social challenges.

The hour-long webi­nar, Eval­u­at­ing Race Equi­ty and Fam­i­ly Engage­ment Strate­gies to Reform the Deep End of Juve­nile Jus­tice, described the eval­u­a­tion, Keep­ing Youth Out of the Deep End of the Juve­nile Jus­tice Sys­tem, which pin­points tac­tics for engag­ing fam­i­lies and cre­at­ing strate­gies that tar­get equi­table out­comes for youth of col­or. These youth are over­rep­re­sent­ed in insti­tu­tions in the so-called deep end of the juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem, includ­ing youth pris­ons and res­i­den­tial institutions.

The webinar’s pan­el includ­ed Janine Zweig, asso­ciate vice pres­i­dent for jus­tice pol­i­cy at the Urban Insti­tute; Leah Sakala, senior pol­i­cy asso­ciate at the Urban Insti­tute; and Todd Hon­ey­cutt, senior researcher at Math­e­mat­i­ca. The event was mod­er­at­ed by Casey Foun­da­tion senior research asso­ciate Jef­frey Poiri­er, who com­mis­sioned the evaluation.

Dur­ing the webi­nar, pan­elists describe:

  • the evaluation’s meth­ods and main find­ings relat­ed to pro­ba­tion and oth­er juve­nile jus­tice prac­tices, with a focus on how a mixed-meth­ods approach informed find­ings on racial equi­ty and youth and fam­i­ly engagement;
  • activ­i­ties and approach­es that local juve­nile jus­tice sys­tem stake­hold­ers and com­mu­ni­ty part­ners used to reduce out-of-home place­ment for jus­tice-involved youth, par­tic­u­lar­ly youth of col­or; and
  • con­sid­er­a­tions for build­ing equi­ty and engage­ment into evaluation.

Read or down­load the slides from this webinar

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