Publications on National Juvenile Justice Issues
National Institute of Justice | Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) have released several bulletins in the Justice Research series. The series reports on findings from joint NIJ and OJJDP research on youth in the juvenile justice system.
- “Criminal Career Patterns” describes criminal career patterns in adolescence and adulthood.
- “Explanations for Offending” examines various developmental, biological, social, and psychological explanations for offending.
- “Prediction and Risk/Needs Assessment” explores predictions of young adult crime from juvenile histories and assessments of risk, needs, and protective factors.
- "Delays in Youth Justice” describes research that draws from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive and from studies of three midwestern county courts that have used successful approaches to reduce delays in case processing of youth through the juvenile justice system.
- “Young Offenders: What Happens and What Should Happen” examines policies that affect youth who transition from the juvenile to the criminal justice system, with an emphasis on delinquents ages 15–17 and young adults ages 18–24 already in the criminal justice system.
National Council on Crime & Delinquency
The National Council on Crime & Delinquency (NCCD) has released a series of reports developed from a nationwide study on youth deincarceration. This series of reports illustrates the dramatic reduction of youth incarceration rates in most US states over the past 10 years. NCCD studied the deincarceration trend through interviews with key stakeholders, listening sessions in five states, a national convening of juvenile justice leaders, and the compilation and analysis of county-level data from five jurisdictions. While the trend is encouraging, much higher percentages of youth of color remain under formal supervision and in state secure facilities; more reform work is needed.
NCCD conducted the study of eight risk assessments in 10 jurisdictions in consultation with an advisory board of juvenile justice researchers and developers of commercial juvenile justice risk assessment systems included in the study. The study compared the assessments’ predictive validity, reliability, equity, and costs. This study was funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).
NCCD Compares Juvenile Justice Risk Assessment Instruments
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Journal of Juvenile Justice Publications are journal articles, sponsored by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), that address issues in juvenile justice, such as juvenile victimization, delinquency prevention, intervention, and treatment.
Volume 3, Issue 2, Spring 2014 - PDF
- The Prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) in the Lives of Juvenile Offenders
- Effectiveness of Multisystemic Therapy for Minority Youth: Outcomes Over 8 Years in Los Angeles County
- Personal and Anticipated Strain Among Youth: A Longitudinal Analysis of Delinquency
- Evaluation of a Program Designed to Promote Positive Police and Youth Interactions
- Implications of Self-Reported Levels of Hope in Latino and Latina Youth on Probation
- Do Youth Mentoring Programs Work? A Review of the Empirical Literature
Volume 3, Issue 1, Fall 2013 - PDF
- The Impact of Juvenile Mental Health Court on Recidivism Among Youth
- Gender-Specific Mental Health Outcomes of a Community-Based Delinquency Intervention
- Predicting Recidivism Among Juvenile Delinquents: Comparison of Risk Factors for Male and Female Offenders
- Building Connections Between Officers and Baltimore City Youth: Key Components of a Police-Youth Teambuilding Program
- Internet-Based Mindfulness Meditation and Self-regulation: A Randomized Trial with Juvenile Justice Involved Youth
- Assessing Youth Early in the Juvenile Justice System
- A Jury of Your Peers: Recidivism Among Teen Court Participants
- Place-Based Delinquency Prevention: Issues and Recommendations
Volume 2, Issue 2, Spring 2013 - PDF
- Family-Focused Juvenile Reentry Services: A Quasi-Experimental Design Evaluation of Recidivism Outcomes
- An Outcome-based Evaluation of Functional Family Therapy for Youth with Behavioral Problems
- One Family, One Judge Practice Effects on Children: Permanency Outcomes on Case Closure and Beyond
- Parental Acceptance-Rejection Theory and Court-Involved Adolescent Females: An Exploration of Parent-Child Relationships and Student-Teacher Relationships
- Relating Resilience Factors and Decision Making in Two Groups of Underserved Adolescents: Implications for Intervention
- An Examination of the Early “Strains” of Imprisonment Among Young Offenders Incarcerated for Serious Crimes
Volume 2, Issue 1, Fall 2012 - PDF
- Characteristics of Incarcerated Youth Reporting Homelessness
- Helping Juvenile Offenders on Their Own “Turf”: Tracking the Recidivism Outcomes of a Home-based Paraprofessional Intervention
- Family Centered Treatment®—An Alternative to Residential Placements for Adjudicated Youth: Outcomes and Cost-Effectiveness
- Preventive Detention and Out-of-Home Placement: A Propensity Score Matching and Multilevel Modeling Approach
- Juvenile Justice 101: Addressing Family Support Needs in Juvenile Court
- The Influence of Race on Preadjudication Detention: Applying the Symbolic Threat Hypothesis to Disproportionate Minority Contact
Volume 1, Issue 2, Spring 2012 - PDF
- General Strain Predictors of Arrest History Among Homeless Youth from Four United States Cities
- Students’ Perceptions of School Learning Climate in a Rural Juvenile Detention Educational Facility
- Transitions of Truants: Community Truancy Board as a Turning Point in the Lives of Adolescents
- Family Warmth and Delinquency among Mexican American and White Youth: Detailing the Causal Variables
- Polygraph Testing for Juveniles in Treatment for Sexual Behavior Problems: An Exploratory Study
- The 10-Question Tool: A Novel Screening Instrument for Runaway Youth
- Applying a Developmental Lens to Juvenile Reentry and Reintegration
- Assessing Client Outcomes in Youth Justice Services: Current Status and Future Directions
Volume 1, Issue 1, Fall 2011 - PDF
- Measuring Recidivism in Juvenile Corrections
- Barron County Restorative Justice Programs: A Partnership Model for Balancing Community and Government Resources for Juvenile Justice Services
- Parents Anonymous® Outcome Evaluation: Promising Findings for Child Maltreatment Reduction
- Assessing Efficiency and Workload Implications of the King County Mediation Pilot
- The Impact of Juvenile Drug Courts on Drug Use and Criminal Behavior
- Missouri’s Crossover Youth: Examining the Relationship between their Maltreatment History and their Risk of Violence
- Assessing and Improving the Reliability of Risk Instruments: The New Mexico Juvenile Justice Reliability Model
- School Policies, Academic Achievement, and General Strain Theory: Application to Juvenile Justice Settings
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