The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange (JJIE.org) hosted a Google Hangout (online live chat) between the director of the R&E Center, Jeffrey Butts, and Cynthia Lum from the Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. The conversation covered a number of topics, including the nature of evidence-based practices, how programs or practices become evidence-based, and the forces that can make the connections between evidence and practice problematic. Continue reading Discussing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice
Butts, Jeffrey A. (2012). Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices. Presented to the Children’s Aid Society Evidence Based Practices Forum. New York, NY. PowerPoint 1: Evidence-Based Models for Court-Involved Youth PowerPoint 2: How Researchers Generate and Interpret Evidence Continue reading Introduction to Evidence-Based Practices
What does the future hold for juvenile justice reform? Were the changes that occurred over the past ten years a permanent shift in policy and practice, or were they merely a temporary reaction to tight budgets and low rates of violent crime? Will policymakers maintain reforms if and when crime rises or budgets rebound? Continue reading Is the Realignment Train Slowing Down?
Butts, Jeffrey A. (2012). Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Brain Development in Juvenile Offenders. Introductory remarks for a panel discussion at the Tow Foundation symposium: “Kids Behind Bars.” John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Center on Media, Crime and Justice. New York, NY. April 23, 2012. Continue reading Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Brain Development in Juvenile Offenders
Butts, Jeffrey (2012). National Trends in Youth Crime. Presented to the Seventh Annual Harry Frank Guggenheim Symposium on Crime in America, February 6, 2012. John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York, NY. Continue reading National Trends in Youth Crime: 1980-2010
Building a Juvenile Justice System for the Future. Presented to the Michigan Family Impact Seminar, Michigan State Capitol. Continue reading Building a Juvenile Justice System for the Future
This session provided an overview of the research on adolescent brain development and the implications of developmental factors on efforts to engage youth and young adults in reentry. Continue reading Adolescent Brain Development and Research Evidence for Juvenile Justice
Portland State University School of Social Work Summer Symposium on Youth Mentoring Presentation to researchers and practitioners at the summer symposium at Portland State University, telling the audience that youth mentoring deserves to be a key component of the juvenile justice system. Continue reading Mentoring in Juvenile Justice
As juvenile justice agencies explore the concepts of positive youth development, the National Program Office of Reclaiming Futures asked for a quick, verbal explanation of these ideas. Continue reading What does Positive Youth Development Mean for Juvenile Justice?
Juvenile Arrest Rates: 1980-2009. Presented to the 2010 Educational Conference, Missouri Juvenile Justice Association. October 2010. Lake of the Ozarks, MO. (Office 2003 version. Larger file.) Continue reading New Juvenile Crime Data: National Trends
Presented to the Annual Forum of the National Juvenile Justice Network. July 2010. New Orleans, LA Continue reading Positive Youth Development: From Theory to Practice
Presented to the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Conference, Annie E. Casey Foundation. Washington, D.C. Continue reading (Over)Reacting to Trends in Violent Crime
Presentation to “Connecting the Pathways,” Collaborative Juvenile Justice Conference. Springfield, Illinois. Continue reading Accessing Data from the OJJDP National Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC) Databook