Jack and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowships

With the support of the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, Inc., the Jack and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowships at John Jay College's Research and Evaluation Center allow graduate student researchers to participate in the Evidence Generation initiative of the Center. The initiative focuses on improving the operations and effectiveness of justice systems in New … Continue reading Jack and Lewis Rudin Research Fellowships

Strengthening Youth Justice Practices with Developmental Knowledge and Principles

Butts, Jeffrey A. (2014). Strengthening Youth Justice Practices with Developmental Knowledge and Principles. Consultant Briefing Paper, Prepared for the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Baltimore, MD. Positive youth development (PYD) is a field of practice that applies lessons from the science of adolescent development to the routine practices of youth-serving organizations. The PYD approach encourages communities … Continue reading Strengthening Youth Justice Practices with Developmental Knowledge and Principles

Discussing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

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 … Continue reading Discussing Evidence-Based Policy and Practice

Does Race Matter in the Juvenile Justice System?

by Jacqueline Rabe Thomas, May 4, 2012 When a child is referred to a Connecticut court, the state's juvenile justice system is largely colorblind. New state data from 2011 show that whether a youth is black, white or Latino, he has about a 50 percent chance of having his case dismissed. Similarly, about 30 percent of … Continue reading Does Race Matter in the Juvenile Justice System?

Mental Health and Drug Disorders Less Common at Early Stages of Juvenile Justice

Butts, Jeffrey A. (2012). Mental Health and Drug Disorders Less Common at Early Stages of Juvenile Justice. Research and Evaluation Data Bits [2012-07]. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. Youth in the juvenile justice system are at higher risk for mental health disorders and substance … Continue reading Mental Health and Drug Disorders Less Common at Early Stages of Juvenile Justice

Interim Report 1: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Butts, Jeffrey A., Kathleen Tomberg, Douglas Evans, Rhoda Ramdeen, Caterina Roman, and Caitlin Taylor (2012). Interim Report 1: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York. The National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention is designed to promote greater coordination and … Continue reading Interim Report 1: National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Governor Decides—in Juvenile Justice, City Kids Belong Near Home

BY ABIGAIL KRAMER January 17, 2012 — If Governor Cuomo gets his way, New York City will cut the number of children it sends to state-run juvenile justice facilities by more than two-thirds over the next two years, receiving more than $35 million per year from the state to create a new spectrum of services … Continue reading Governor Decides—in Juvenile Justice, City Kids Belong Near Home

Where Teens Find the Jury Isn’t Rigged

Where Teens Find the Jury Isn't Rigged By Tina Rosenberg, The New York Times Opinionator On Friday, Fixes examined the Youth Court of the District of Columbia, a forum where first-time nonviolent teenage offenders are judged by others who have been in the same situation. The D.C. Youth Court is one of the largest of some … Continue reading Where Teens Find the Jury Isn’t Rigged

Process Evaluation of the Chicago Juvenile Intervention and Support Center

Jeffrey A. Butts (2011). Process Evaluation of the Chicago Juvenile Intervention and Support Center. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Researchers investigated the operations of 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 … Continue reading Process Evaluation of the Chicago Juvenile Intervention and Support Center

The Bond Market and Public Safety

John Roman and Jeffrey A. Butts (2011). The Bond Market and Public Safety. Commentary. Washington, DC: Urban Institute. At least 40 states face swelling budget deficits. Likely targets for reductions include the discretionary social programs that protect public safety. Rather than jeopardize the public's safety and well-being with imprudent cuts, a different and better way … Continue reading The Bond Market and Public Safety

Assessing the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention

Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, the City University of New York’s John Jay College of Criminal Justice collaborated with Temple University to assess the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention. Initiated by the White House and announced on October 5, 2010, the National Forum brings together the U.S. Department of Justice, Department … Continue reading Assessing the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention