Library Search Results for Local and state reform efforts

2016 Status Offense Reform Policy Academy

Author:Byron Kline

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2016

Abstract:The Vera Institute of Justice’s Status Offense Reform Center (SORC)+

is now accepting applications for its first Policy Academy on November 17-18, 2016. The two-day event, which is generously supported by the MacArthur Foundation, will be held in Connecticut—a state that has established itself as a leader in juvenile justice and status offense reform during the past 15 years. Representatives from different states will attend targeted workshops and site visits to learn about and share best practices for system reforms. All states are invited to apply, with final delegations selected by September. Additionally, states selected to attend the Policy Academy will have the opportunity this fall to apply for intensive technical assistance on local status offense reform from the Vera Institute, beginning in early 2017. To apply for the Policy Academy—and vote for the workshops you’d like to see at the event—please click here.
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Notes from the Field: Gloucester Township, NJ

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract:This profile describes the development of Gloucester Township Police Department's network of community-based+

responses to youth delinquency and status offenses. The profile includes a summary of the county’s planning process, an overview of existing programs, a snapshot of general outcomes, and reflections from those in the reform movement.
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Improving the Juvenile Justice System for Girls: Lessons from the States

Author:Liz Watson and Peter Edelman

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2012

Abstract:This report examines the challenges facing girls in the juvenile+

justice system and makes recommendations for gender-responsive reforms at the local, state and federal levels. Research suggests that technical violations and status offenses account for 25 percent of boys' detentions, but 41 percent of girls', a reflection of a system that punishes girls disproportionately. In an effort to address these types of issues, the report reviews literature documenting girls' particular pathways into the juvenile justice system, briefly describes the recent history of gender-responsive, trauma-informed efforts, and includes detailed case studies of reform efforts in Connecticut, Florida, and California.
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Notes from the Field: Onondaga County, NY

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract:This profile describes the status offense reform effort in Onondaga County,+

NY that has led to a drop in PINS referrals and placement for status offenses. This success can be attributed to local school-based interventions, community-based services and parent education efforts. Download this resource to learn more about the process that led to these changes.
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What Do I Do Now? A Resource Guide for Parents Experiencing Problems with their Children

Author:Onondaga County Probation Department

  • Year of Publication:
  • N/A

Abstract:This resource guide was developed in Onandaga County, NY for parents+

who are experiencing problems with their children and need to know how and where to begin to look for help.  
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Status Offenses: A National Survey

Author:Coalition for Juvenile Justice

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract:This comprehensive publication by the Coalition for Juvenile Justice+

examines existing status offense laws across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. It details the legislative label that each state applies to status offense behaviors, the types of behaviors that fall within that label, diversion options that are available in the case, possible outcomes following adjudication, and whether the state uses the valid court order (VCO) exception or a 24-hour hold for youth who are detained for status offense behaviors. This brief may be used by judges, advocates, and legislators to assess national trends and gather ideas for system reform.
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Juvenile Justice Reform: County Leadership Roles and Opportunities

Author:National Association of Counties

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report details why it is important to improve juvenile justice+

systems and how county governments can lead improvement efforts in their role as primary local providers of health, justice and social services for communities. Recognizing that many juvenile justice systems have inappropriate, cost-ineffective or nonexistent programs to assist youth who end up in courts and detention centers for nonviolent crimes, the report provides guidance to county officials and staff on community-based alternatives that are proven to produce better outcomes and cost less. For youth charged with status offenses, the report highlights efforts in Clark County, Washington and Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana that provide community-based court diversion by developing tools for identifying and addressing the underlying needs of problematic behaviors such as running away or truancy in a timely manner. It also provides a list of resources for further guidance.
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IACP National Summit Report: Law Enforcement’s Leadership Role in Juvenile Justice Reform

Author:Anna Bahney, Ryan Daugirda, John Firman, Aviva Kurash, and Kate Rhudy

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This report was produced as a result of the National Summit+

on Law Enforcement Leadership in Juvenile Justice, a two-year collaboration between the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the MacArthur Foundation which sought to engage law enforcement leaders at the executive level on what makes a fair and effective juvenile justice system. It highlights successful reforms by various law enforcement leaders and their agencies and produces a set of actionable recommendations for practice and policy for others to learn from. Page 39 highlights community-based and family-focused strategies enacted in Louisiana and Georgia to provide support services to truant youth who would otherwise be referred to juvenile and family courts.
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Powerpoint presentation from SORC webinar: Monitoring and Sustaining System Change

Author:Status Offense Reform Center

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2015

Abstract:This is the powerpoint presentation from SORC’s webinar hosted on+

January 6, 2015, for Module 4 of its Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform. Presenters shared insights from local status offense reform efforts in monitoring and evaluating system change, as well as sustaining this change past the implementation stage. Julie Revaz, (Connecticut Judicial Branch), Dane Bolin (Assistant Administrator, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury), Jeffery Vander (Data Analyst, Calcasieu Parish Police Jury) and Tara Grieshop-Goodwin (Chief Policy Officer, Kentucky Youth Advocates) presented along with moderator Alessandra Meyer (Senior Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice).
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A Toolkit for Status Offense System Reform, Module Four: Monitoring and Sustaining System Change

Author:Alessandra Meyer, Vidhya Ananthakrishnan, Sydney McKinney

  • Year of Publication:
  • 2014

Abstract:This is the final toolkit module in a series of+

four. It describes three common strategies for evaluating reform efforts: (1) performance monitoring, (2) process evaluations, and (3) outcome evaluations. Because evaluating system-level reforms can be challenging, this module aims to help you determine the most appropriate approach for assessing your reform efforts right now and provide you with ideas about how to continue monitoring your reform down the line.
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