Establishing a Framework for Juvenile Justice Reform Based on Positive Youth Development

Despite widespread agreement that juvenile justice interventions should be based upon the best empirical knowledge about adolescent development, the juvenile justice system lags behind other youth-serving fields in applying positive youth development principles in its routine operations. This project began to address this problem. Chapin Hall worked with the leadership and staff of the Washington, D.C. … Continue reading Establishing a Framework for Juvenile Justice Reform Based on Positive Youth Development

Identifying and Managing Juvenile Justice Delays

This project provided the juvenile justice field with empirical information and practical approaches for improving the efficiency of the juvenile court process for delinquency cases. As juvenile and family courts work to improve the timeliness of their services and sanctions, and to share what they learn with others, they need better information about the causes … Continue reading Identifying and Managing Juvenile Justice Delays

Evaluation of the City of Chicago’s Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC)

Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago documented the efficacy of the City of Chicago’s Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC). The JISC is a pre-court diversion program that provides services and supports to “station adjusted” (i.e., informally handled) youthful offenders after they have come into contact with the Chicago Police Department but before they … Continue reading Evaluation of the City of Chicago’s Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC)

Reclaiming Futures

Reclaiming Futures was designed to improve the health and safety of communities by enhancing the coordination, integration, and effectiveness of substance abuse services for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. Managed by a National Program Office located in the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University in Oregon, the Reclaiming Futures initiative … Continue reading Reclaiming Futures