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Connecticut and Sonoma County, California Kick off Data-Driven Effort to Overhaul Juvenile Justice Systems

June 11, 2019

The endeavors are part of an effort to answer the call of state and local jurisdictions struggling to ensure that resources are being efficiently used to help young people who interact with the juvenile justice system succeed.

Reentry Essentials: Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth and Young Adults

Policymakers, practitioners, and advocates alike recognize that improving the juvenile justice system requires more than incarcerating fewer youth. What constitutes success is ensuring that, whenever possible, youth receive supervision and services that support them to avoid further contact with the justice system and transition safely to adulthood.

Colorado Passes Juvenile Justice Reform Bill

May 31, 2019

Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed the Juvenile Justice Reform Act (Senate Bill 108) on May 28—a crucial step toward aligning the state’s juvenile justice system with what research shows works to improve outcomes for youth, strengthen public safety, and efficiently use resources.

Palm Beach County Program Partners with Probation Officers to Improve Reentry, One Youth at a Time

Palm Beach County’s Criminal Justice Commission (CJC) received a Second Chance Act (SCA) Juvenile Reentry Program grant in 2012 to develop a juvenile reentry strategic plan. In 2013, the CJC was granted further SCA funding to implement that plan and initiate the Back to a Future program to strengthen the reentry process for youth. The program complements probation supervision by providing case management, job skills training, education transition services, and referrals to other needed supports for youth.

Second Chance Act Spotlight: Jamel Bonilla, Lowell, Massachusetts

When Jamel Bonilla was released from the Middleton House of Correction, he knew what he needed most to stay out of prison. “I needed work,” Bonilla said. “I needed money.”

NRRC Projects

Second Chance Act Grant Program

Second Chance Act Grant Program

The Second Chance Act (SCA) supports state, local, and tribal governments and nonprofit organizations in their work to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for people returning from state and federal prisons, local jails, and juvenile facilities. Passed with bipartisan support and signed into law on April 9, 2008, SCA legislation authorizes federal grants for vital programs and systems reform aimed at improving the reentry process.
Reducing Juvenile Recidivism

Reducing Juvenile Recidivism

In many states, up to 80 percent of the youth who are incarcerated are rearrested within 3 years of release, and outcomes for youth on community supervision are often not much better. In response to these challenges, the CSG Justice Center offers tools, resources, and technical assistance to help state and local officials develop and implement plans to improve outcomes for youth and use resources more efficiently.
Improving College and Career Readiness for Youth and Young Adults in the Justice System

Improving College and Career Readiness for Youth and Young Adults in the Justice System

The project works to identify policy and practice barriers to meeting the education and vocational needs of youth and young adults in the juvenile justice system, and to offer strategies for improving outcomes for these young people.

Key Resources

Reducing Recidivism and Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

Reducing Recidivism and Improving Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System

This white paper was written to guide leaders across all branches of government; juvenile justice system administrators, managers, and front-line staff; and researchers, advocates, and other stakeholders on how to better leverage existing research and resources to facilitate system improvements that reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system.

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Juvenile Justice Research-to-Practice Implementation Resources: Evidence-Based Programs and Services

Juvenile Justice Research-to-Practice Implementation Resources: Evidence-Based Programs and Services

This webpage provides juvenile justice agency managers, staff, and other practitioners with concrete strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models to help them implement research-based policies and practices and improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.

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Juvenile Justice Research-to-Practice Implementation Resources: Family Engagement and Involvement

Juvenile Justice Research-to-Practice Implementation Resources: Family Engagement and Involvement

This webpage provides juvenile justice agency managers, staff, and other practitioners with concrete strategies, tools, examples, and best-practice models to help them implement research-based policies and practices and improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system.

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Reducing Juvenile Recidivism Interactive Checklists

Reducing Juvenile Recidivism Interactive Checklists

These interactive checklists can help state and local officials to assess whether their juvenile justice system’s policies and practices are aligned with the research on “what works” to reduce recidivism and to identify opportunities for improvement. There are three checklists, each tailored to a specific audience: juvenile justice agency leaders and managers, judges, and policymakers.

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Model Programs Guide

Model Programs Guide

This online resource provides practitioners and policymakers with information on evidence-based juvenile justice and youth prevention, intervention, and reentry programs.

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