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.

Evaluating Systems Change in a Juvenile Justice Reform Initiative

In an evaluation of inter-agency initiatives to reform human services systems, outcomes are observed at the system level rather than the individual level. The Reclaiming Futures initiative is designed to improve services and interventions for justice-involved youth.

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.

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.”

Access to Insurance and Length of Psychiatric Stay Among Adolescents and Young Adults Discharged from General Hospitals

This article examines hospital records for adolescent psychiatric discharges and compares adolescent and young adult patients (ages 18-22) on demographic characteristics, diagnosis, and source of payment to test the relationship between insurance and length of stay.