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 Checklist

Provides a comprehensive online assessment and scoring tool to enable agency leaders to identify system strengths, areas for improvement, and develop an action plan to improve outcomes for youth.


Take the full comprehensive assessment or download a static version for reference.

Using the Agency Leaders and Managers Checklist


Judges Checklist

Identifies ten key questions juvenile court judges should ask to determine whether court practices support improved outcomes for youth. Judges can also use this checklist to learn more about the research on “what works” in particular areas of interest.

Policymaker Checklist

Identifies three key steps that policymakers can take to increase public safety, improve youth outcomes, and maximize the efficient use of resources. Policymakers can also use this interactive checklist to learn more about the research on “what works” in particular areas of interest.


This work in the area of youth is supported by key partners including the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation’s Models for Change Initiative, Georgetown University’s Center on Juvenile Justice Reform, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, the American Probation and Parole Association, the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Atlantic Philanthropies, and others.