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research services to improve public safety throughout the nation.

Juvenile Justice

CJI partners with states, counties and tribal justice systems to provide technical assistance with the development and implementation of juvenile justice system policies and practices. CJI provides this assistance in a variety of ways including:

  • Technical assistance to support the implementation of state and local policies
  • Training and education on evidence-based practices and other areas as requested by stakeholders (e.g., The Principles of Effective Intervention, Cognitive Interaction Skills, Effective Case Management)
  • Performance measures to document and measure the success of different policies, and their impact on reducing recidivism
  • Work planning to guide the stages of implementation

Examples of our juvenile justice work include:

State Level

CJI serves as the primary technical assistance provider for the Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) initiative Smart on Juvenile Justice: A Comprehensive Strategy to Juvenile Justice Reform. The initiative launched in 2014 to assist states with implementation of comprehensive juvenile justice reform legislation. We work in partnership with OJJDP and state-level stakeholders spanning the system from the point of arrest through disposition and aftercare to support the development and implementation of reforms. The work that has been undertaken in the Smart on Juvenile Justice States serves not only to increase the states’ capacity to introduce and integrate legislative reforms, but highlights the commitment toward a sustainable approach that will ensure the success of youth.  As of February 2016, We are providing technical assistance in the following states:

  • Georgia
  • Hawaii
  • Kentucky
  • South Dakota
  • West Virginia

Local Level

CJI’s local work is exemplified by with our work with the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS) in its capacity as a Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI) site, an initiative developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Throughout the course of our work, CJI:

  • Provided technical assistance to DYS to aid in developing a deeper understanding of the detention-eligible population in four of the five DYS regions, including the city of Boston.
  • Conducted a Detention Utilization Study.
  • Provided topical expertise on juvenile justice and detention reform including risk assessment, data-driven decision making, and effective interventions for youth.

As a result of these efforts, DYS implemented a new process of diverting appropriate youth from secure detention to other community-based options.