Resource Roundup: Juvenile Justice Publications

Posted September 13, 2019, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

Titles of recent publications about juvenile justice

This resource roundup — high­light­ing mate­ri­als devel­oped by juve­nile jus­tice lead­ers and researchers with the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s sup­port — shares new knowl­edge and key find­ings from the field.

Cred­i­ble resources help spread ideas, inspire inno­va­tions and empow­er prac­ti­tion­ers and oth­ers who have a stake in the sys­tem to think dif­fer­ent­ly,” says Nate Balis, direc­tor of the Foundation’s Juve­nile Jus­tice Strat­e­gy Group. Ampli­fy­ing what’s work­ing in places across the coun­try — as well as lessons learned along the way — moves the field clos­er to a bet­ter and more equi­table youth jus­tice system.

Lis­ten­ing to Black Women and Girls
By the George­town Law Cen­ter on Pover­ty and Inequality

This report shares rec­om­men­da­tions gar­nered from focus groups with black girls and women. The top­ic? Adul­ti­fi­ca­tion bias — the per­cep­tion that black girls are less inno­cent and more adult-like than their white peers of the same age. This pub­li­ca­tion fol­lows Girl­hood Inter­rupt­ed,2017 report by the same researchers that explores the effects of adul­ti­fi­ca­tion bias.

The Col­or of Justice
By the Alliance of Nation­al Psy­cho­log­i­cal Asso­ci­a­tions for Racial and Eth­nic Equity

This report explores how America’s men­tal health sys­tem — with its short­com­ings in pre­ven­tion, ear­ly inter­ven­tion and treat­ment pro­grams — con­tribute to the over-rep­re­sen­ta­tion of youth of col­or in the juve­nile jus­tice landscape.

Mov­ing Beyond Youth Prisons
By the Colum­bia Uni­ver­si­ty Jus­tice Lab; and
Imple­men­ta­tion of New York’s Close to Home Initiative
By the Cen­ter for Children’s Law and Policy

These pub­li­ca­tions describe how New York’s land­mark juve­nile jus­tice reform ini­tia­tive, Close to Home, has achieved its two fun­da­men­tal objec­tives: 1) remov­ing New York City youth from far­away facil­i­ties that are expen­sive and inef­fec­tive; and 2) return­ing most of these youth to the city or the imme­di­ate area. Such moves aim to help par­ents, care­givers and oth­er rel­a­tives stay con­nect­ed to their chil­dren and play vital roles in their treat­ment and reha­bil­i­ta­tion. The reports also offer advice to the grow­ing num­ber of states look­ing to replace youth pris­ons with more effec­tive invest­ments in com­mu­ni­ty-based ser­vices and support.

Place Mat­ters
By the Uni­ver­si­ty of South­ern Maine, Uni­ver­si­ty of Maine School of Law, and Maine Cen­ter for Juve­nile Law and Policy

This report — writ­ten with Maine’s pol­i­cy­mak­ers in mind — deliv­ers a clear charge to improve how the state treats sys­tem-involved youth between the ages of 14 to 25. It calls for a full con­tin­u­um of care — from pre­ven­tion to rein­te­gra­tion — that lever­ages local resources and nation­al research to offer com­mu­ni­ty-based ser­vices at every step.

Col­lab­o­rat­ing for Suc­cess­ful Reentry
By the Cen­ter on Juve­nile and Crim­i­nal Justice

This guide teach­es juve­nile jus­tice and social ser­vice pro­fes­sion­als about sup­port­ing youth who are reen­ter­ing their com­mu­ni­ty after con­fine­ment or a court-ordered out-of-home place­ment. It high­lights both col­lab­o­ra­tive and com­mu­ni­ty-based approach­es that are designed to elim­i­nate bar­ri­ers and help address the needs of young people.

Juve­nile Pro­ba­tion Transformation
By the Urban Insti­tute with Math­e­mat­i­ca Pol­i­cy Research

This report — which doc­u­ments juve­nile pro­ba­tion trans­for­ma­tion activ­i­ties at two sites — aids juris­dic­tions that are con­sid­er­ing and pur­su­ing reforms to help young peo­ple pos­i­tive­ly redi­rect their lives and avoid fur­ther sys­tem involve­ment. The pub­li­ca­tion also con­nects fun­ders to ear­ly insights on sup­port­ing a local juve­nile jus­tice system’s capac­i­ty to plan and imple­ment change.

Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive Scale-Up
By West­Ed Jus­tice and Pre­ven­tion Research Center

This report iden­ti­fies crit­i­cal suc­cess fac­tors for four states — Indi­ana, Mass­a­chu­setts, Mis­souri and New Mex­i­co — that accel­er­at­ed the spread of the Juve­nile Deten­tion Alter­na­tives Ini­tia­tive® (JDAI) across their local jurisdictions.

Exam­in­ing How JDAI Sites Inter­act with Native Youth and Tribes
By the Asso­ci­a­tion on Amer­i­can Indi­an Affairs

This report exam­ines how JDAI® sites inter­act with Native Amer­i­can youth and tribes to sup­port appro­pri­ate cul­tur­al alter­na­tives to deten­tion. In addi­tion to iden­ti­fy­ing best prac­tices and areas of con­cern, the pub­li­ca­tion notes that sites across the nation are fail­ing to uti­lize cul­tur­al­ly rel­e­vant approach­es and out­reach efforts that meet the unique needs of Native Amer­i­can youth.

Trans­for­ma­tion­al Rela­tion­ships for Youth Success
By the Cen­ter for the Study of Social Policy

This sev­en-page brief offers lessons culled from more than 80 inter­views with orga­ni­za­tions and the youth they sup­port. It reminds read­ers that a strong rela­tion­ship can make a piv­otal dif­fer­ence in a young person’s life and reviews how pro­fes­sion­als and pub­lic sys­tems can sup­port these vital connections.

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