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Probation Reform: A Tool Kit for Juvenile Justice State Advisory Groups

December 1, 2022

This tool kit guides juvenile justice State Advisory Groups to support youth probation. Learn how SAGs can support youth justice reform. Nationally, probation is the most widely used sanction for young people who come into contact with the youth justice system. However, because of the surveillance-based approach...

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Juvenile Justice: Young People and Restorative Justice

November 14, 2022

This paper examines restorative justice models and tells why more states are using them in juvenile justice policy. Read the report. Restorative justice models present an alternative way for communities and lawmakers to understand and respond to crime. These models give people who have been harmed the...

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Youth Partnership: A Call to Action for State Advisory Groups

November 14, 2022

Youth engagement is essential to any system reform effort. Read how state advisory groups can achieve the promise of youth partnership. The Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ) released this guide to provide practical support to state advisory agencies (SAGs) in their efforts to achieve meaningful, authentic...

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Increase Successful Diversion for Youth of Color

November 14, 2022

Black youth are less likely than white youth to be diverted from the formal court system. Read more about racial inequities in diversion. Youth of color are substantially more likely to be arrested than non-Hispanic white youth with similar case histories. Following arrest, youth of color are also more likely to...

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Talking About Youth Probation, Diversion and Restorative Justice

November 9, 2022

This tool kit lever­ages pub­lic per­cep­tion research to help juve­nile jus­tice prac­ti­tion­ers and oth­er experts become bet­ter com­mu­ni­ca­tors to advance reforms. View now.

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The Essential Need for Partnering With Youth and Families to Fundamentally Transform Youth Probation

October 18, 2022

Juvenile justice agencies must partner with youth and families to transform youth probation. Learn now to put these partnerships to work. Probation is the most common disposition in the juvenile justice system. Yet, jurisdictions across the United States have not fully aligned their probation policies and...

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Diversion: A Hidden Key to Combating Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Juvenile Justice

September 19, 2022

Diverting youth from court involvement should be a central focus in efforts to reduce racial disparities and improve outcomes. Read why. Compared to their white peers, Black youth are far more likely to be arrested and far less likely to be diverted from court following arrest. Such outcomes — getting arrested in...

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2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book

August 2, 2022

The 2022 KIDS COUNT Data Book reports on child well-being to inform policymakers, researchers and advocates. Read the Data Book.

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Developing a Theory of Change

June 29, 2022

This guide explains theory of change models, processes and products. Download to learn how to write a theory of change. This publication is comprised of four parts. This guide is designed to help funders and those who implement programs realize their ambitious social change efforts. It explores...

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