Critical Diversion

Researchers do not already know everything there is to know about reducing recidivism and keeping youth out of the justice system.

Cure Violence: A Public Health Model to Reduce Gun Violence

The Cure Violence model is a public health approach to gun violence reduction that seeks to change individual and community attitudes and norms about gun violence. It considers gun violence to be analogous to a communicable disease that passes from person to person when left untreated.

The RWJF Reclaiming Futures Initiative

Reclaiming Futures (RF) relies on community partnerships to improve treatment quality, strengthen local leadership, expand inter-organizational collaboration, and create systems of shared performance management. The initial findings of a cross-site evaluation suggest that Reclaiming Futures is yielding important and positive change.

Reviving Juvenile Justice in a Get-tough Era

State and local jurisdictions throughout the United States enacted a wide array of new juvenile justice policies in recent years. Many of these policies were intended to make the juvenile justice system tougher, but others improved prevention, increased rehabilitation, and enhanced the restorative features of the juvenile justice system.

Introduction: Problem-solving Courts

Problem-solving courts have become a significant feature of the U.S. justice system, and their popularity appears to be growing internationally with courts underway or in development in counties such as Australia and Great Britain.

Is Juvenile Justice Just Too Slow?

Youth charged with delinquency offenses in U.S. juvenile courts cannot assert a right to speedy trial. As with several other rights enjoyed exclusively by adults (e.g., trial by jury, consideration of bail), a federal right to speedy trial is not provided for juveniles.

Necessarily Relative: Is Juvenile Justice Speedy Enough?

Young offenders have not been provided with a Constitutional right to speedy trial. Yet, concerns about timeliness are often equally pressing in the juvenile court. This study examines the timing of juvenile justice by analyzing delinquency case processing in nearly 400 jurisdictions.

Speedy Trial in the Juvenile Court

The U.S. Supreme Court mandated greater due process protections for juveniles, including the right to counsel and the protection against self-incrimination. Jurists and policy makers should consider whether young offenders should also have the right to a “speedy trial.”

Accommodating Innovation in a Juvenile Court

An evaluation of intensive supervision programs for juveniles illustrated how juvenile justice organizations adapt to the presence of alternative programs in ways that dilute their impact.