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

Updated September 21, 2020 | 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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