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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

OJJDP’s Statistical Briefing Book on Youth

This resource, hosted by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and developed by the National Center for Juvenile Justice, offers access to statistics on a variety of juvenile justice topics at the national, state, and county levels. Such […]

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Enhanced Sentencing in Tribal Courts: Lessons Learned from Tribes

This publication offers considerations for corrections professionals regarding enhanced sentencing authority in tribal courts and provides tribes with a checklist to help guide discussions around the implementation of the new sentencing authority and other corrections issues.

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Risk Assessment: What You Need to Know

By: CSG Justice Center Staff A recent Associated Press story on risk assessments, performed to determine the likelihood that someone involved in the criminal justice system will reoffend, contains several common misunderstandings. By taking a closer look at a few […]

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The State of Sentencing 2014

This publication from The Sentencing Project highlights policy changes in both adult and juvenile justice systems in 30 states and the District of Columbia during 2014. Highlighted policy changes relate to sentencing, probation and parole, collateral consequences, juvenile justice, mental health and substance use treatment, and more.

Announcements

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Four Sites Selected to Pilot Evidence-Based Tool for Corrections and Treatment Providers

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections; the Pima County (Arizona) Department of Institutional Health; Rockdale County, Georgia; and the City of Wilmington, North Carolina have all been chosen by the CSG Justice Center’s National Reentry Resource Center to pilot the implementation of a web-based decision-support tool for corrections and treatment providers that aims to improve individual and program outcomes through use of evidence-based criminal justice and behavioral health principles.

WEBINARS

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Ask the Experts—Assessment, Treatment, and Supervision Strategies for Professionals Working with Individuals with Sex Offense Convictions

In this webinar the panelists summarize empirical research on assessment, treatment, and supervision of individuals convicted of sex offenses; describe how the research relates to practice and policy; present some examples of evidence-based treatment and supervision models; and give recommendations of effective strategies for practitioners working in the field.

PUBLICATIONS

JUSTICE CENTER IN THE NEWS

Kansas Lawmakers Consider Changes to the Juvenile Justice System

Josh Weber, program director for juvenile justice at the Council of State Governments Justice Center, said in his report that Kansas does not have statewide criteria to help judges and court service officers determine the most appropriate level of supervision is for youth offenders, which might result in inefficient placement within those levels.

Report Outlines Flaws in Kansas’ Juvenile Justice System

The juvenile justice system in Kansas functions inadequately due to a tangled organizational structure, inappropriate assignment of youths to detention facilities, poor use of mental health and substance abuse evaluations and over reliance on lengthy periods of incarceration, a consultant’s report said Wednesday.

Study Shows Community-Based Supervision Helps Juveniles

A study comparing Texas youth with nearly identical characteristics shows that juveniles under community-based supervision are far less likely to reoffend than those incarcerated in state correctional facilities, the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, in partnership with Texas A&M University, announced in late January.

Alabama’s Prison Reform Task Force Readies Bill For 2015 Legislative Session

Alabama’s overcrowded prison system has been under close scrutiny since the Justice Department started investigating it last year. That came after a report detailed cases of sexual abuse of inmates at the Julia Tutwiler prison for women. Since then, the system’s faced additional lawsuits.