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Reports, research summaries, issue briefs, working documents and other materials related to system change efforts, and produced by Models for Change grantees and partners. 

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Publication cover Indefensible: The Lack of Juvenile Defense Data

Jul 23, 2015, Andrew Wachter

NCJJ has released a new StateScan publication that summarizes the results from a review of publicly available data that describe the application of juvenile defense across the country. This StateScan…
Publication cover Measuring Subsequent Offending in Juvenile Probation

Jul 23, 2015, Teri Deal

NCJJ has released a new StateScan publication that summarizes the results of a review of publicly available recidivism reports that include measures of recidivism for youth adjudicated to probation.…
Publication cover Caring for Youth with Mental Health Needs in the Juvenile Justice System: Improving Knowledge and Skills

May 7, 2015, Fred Meservey

Approximately two-thirds of youth in the care of the juvenile justice system have a diagnosable mental health and/or substance use disorder. Too frequently, staff supervising these youth have…
Publication cover Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services

May 5, 2015, Andrew Wachter

This StateScan publication is the 4th in a series that distills important knowledge from NCJJ’s new Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice and Statistics website. The author, Andrew…
Publication cover Building Brighter Futures: Tools for Improving Academic and Career/Technical Education in the Juvenile Justice System

Apr 30, 2015, Juvenile Law Center

Across the country, students in the juvenile justice system are struggling in school. Research suggests that many enter the juvenile justice system well behind grade-level. In the absence of…
Publication cover When Systems Collaborate: How Three Jurisdictions Improved their Handling of Dual-Status Cases

Apr 22, 2015, Douglas Thomas et al. NCJJ Senior Research Associate

When Systems Collaborate (19 pages) provides case studies of three jurisdictions trying to coordinate information and services to youth with dual-status in both the juvenile justice and child welfare…

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