Recidivism Reconsidered

Policymakers who focus on recidivism as evidence of justice effectiveness are confusing a complex, bureaucratic indicator of system decision-making with a simple measure of individual behavior and rehabilitation. Recidivism is at least in part a gauge of police activity and enforcement emphasis and, because of differential policing practices in minority communities, using recidivism as a key measurement may disadvantage communities of color.

Program Keeping Convicted Youths Closer to Home Enjoys Success, Faces Cuts

by Wendy Davis March 2, 2018 City Limits Seventeen-year-old “Jim” landed in a Leake & Watts group home for juvenile delinquents last August, after he stole money from his father to purchase a new phone. Jim, who had previously been arrested for trespassing in a neighbor’s apartment, is now among the oldest of the eight … Continue reading Program Keeping Convicted Youths Closer to Home Enjoys Success, Faces Cuts

Cuomo Seeks to Defund High-Profile Juvenile Justice Program

by Fred Mogul, WNYC News New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's administration wants to pull funding for a juvenile justice program started in 2013 with great fanfare. In the newly released 2019 budget proposal, state officials would zero out the $41 million that Albany has committed annually to “Close to Home.” The program places juveniles convicted … Continue reading Cuomo Seeks to Defund High-Profile Juvenile Justice Program

Prison Experts See Opportunity, Problems with Walker Plan

Juvenile justice experts cautioned Friday that while they see promise in Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's dramatic plan to convert the troubled Lincoln Hills youth prison into an adult facility, its success largely depends on how well the changes are implemented.

Florida Juvenile Justice said it Would Weed out Bad Hires. How Did This Guy Slip Through?

IT’S LORD OF THE FLIES CULTURE WITH SOME OF THE PEOPLE THEY HAVE MANAGING THESE FACILITIES.WITH STRONG KIDS CONTROLLING THE WEAK KIDS — AND THE STAFF CONTROLLING THE STRONG KIDS. BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER cmarbin@miamiherald.com DECEMBER 16, 2017 It took just two months for Chris W. Jeffries to get into trouble at his new job … Continue reading Florida Juvenile Justice said it Would Weed out Bad Hires. How Did This Guy Slip Through?

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

Mentoring in 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.