Relevant blog posts, infographics and videos from the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
What is Juvenile Justice?
This blog highlights differences between the juvenile and adult justice systems; explains the scope of and stages in the juvenile justice system; answers whether diversion from the juvenile justice system works; and identifies areas of progress within the juvenile justice system over decades as well as lingering challenges.
Explainer: Transforming Juvenile Probation
A three-minute explainer video and infographic describe how and why systems must reimagine probation if they are to fulfill their potential for improving young lives and promoting public safety. The video illustrates what can be done by leaders and line staff of juvenile probation agencies, as well as judges, prosecutors, juvenile defenders, community organizations and other partners.
What is Diversion in Juvenile Justice?
This is a Q&A about the use of diversion within juvenile justice. The alternative — arresting young people and formally processing their cases in juvenile court — increases their likelihood of subsequent arrests, school struggles and employment challenges. Learn more about diversion in this one-page chart on best practices for effective diversion.
What is Restorative Justice for Young People?
This blog explains restorative justice conferences and similar practices that give young people who have been responsible for harm and those they have harmed a chance to work things out together.
Frequently Asked Questions about Juvenile Probation
This blog offers common questions and answers about juvenile probation, such as the following:
A Call to Action: Juvenile Probation and Racial Justice
This Q&A with Steve Bishop, the associate director leading the Foundation’s work on transforming juvenile probation, suggests how probation leaders and line staff could help address discriminatory policies and practices throughout their system. He says an honest accounting of probation’s role in perpetuating racial disparities is necessary to advance any long-term efforts at reform. Casey offers concrete steps that juvenile probation agencies can take to promote racial equity and inclusion in this 15-item checklist.
Framework and Tool Help Juvenile Justice Agencies Treat Families as Partners
This blog post highlights a framework and action planner that juvenile justice staff, community partners and technical assistance providers can use to develop sustainable family engagement efforts that have clear metrics and regular assessments of progress. The planner combines research with concrete advice from the field on the mindsets, concepts and practices needed to better engage families.
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