Juvenile Justice and Reform
This section provides information regarding youth in high risk situations such as low-income, mental health disorders, and juvenile delinquency. The section also provides best practices in crime prevention strategies as well as a model for youth court program development and a directory of existing youth courts.
The Boys and Girls Club of America Delinquency and Gang Prevention Initiative
This community-based initiative targets young people ages 6 to 18 that are at high risk for involvement or are already involved with delinquency and gangs. To find a local Boys and girls club click HERE.
Community Juvenile Arbitration Program – South Carolina
Information about the juvenile arbitration program in South Carolina. In the program a first time juvenile offenders or family member may choose to have a case heard before a volunteer arbitrator who determines sanctions as well as provides information to the family about available resources.
Focus Adolescent Services- Gangs
Comprehensive site containing information and resources on teen and family issues to support families with troubled and at-risk teens. Topics include, abuse, anger, gangs, eating disorders, school violence, and many other topic areas.
Jobs for Progress
SER is a national, private, non-profit organization that addresses the needs of economically challenged individuals in education, job skills training, literacy, and employment.
Judge David L. Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law is a nonprofit organization devoted to improving the lives of people with mental illnesses through changes in policy and law. The organization recognizes most youth in the juvenile justice system have a mental health disorder that is approached and treated inadequately, and results in the incarceration of youth. The site provides studies and resources on juvenile justice policy reform.
MENTOR – National Mentoring Partnership
MENTOR helps children by providing a public voice, developing and delivering resources to mentoring programs nationwide and by promoting quality for mentoring through standards, cutting-edge research and state of the art tools.
National Association of Youth Courts
Publishes resources for a variety of youth and teen courts, helps organizations start new youth courts, and trains courts to develop their established youth or teen program. Also provides a searchable youth court directory.
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Promotes awareness of the mental health needs of youth in contact with the juvenile justice system, and helps the field develop improved policies and practices based on the best available research and practice. Some of their reports include: Juvenile Mental Health Courts: An Emerging Strategy, Juvenile Diversion: Programs for Justice-Involved Youth with Mental Health Disorders, and Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System. The Blueprint for Change provides a practical framework for juvenile justice and mental health systems to use when developing policies and programs aimed at improving mental health services for youth in the juvenile justice system.
National Crime Prevention Council
The NCPC provides tools that communities can use to learn crime prevention strategies, engage community members, and coordinate with local agencies to help keep themselves and their community safe from crime.
The Office of Child Development and Mental Health
An independent non-partisan, non-profit affiliate of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges established to provide consultation, technical assistance and trainings to juvenile and family court judicial officers and other professionals working with high risk children and their families.
Ohio Juvenile Diversion Association
The Ohio Juvenile Diversion Association (OJDA) is a nonprofit professional organization which promotes prevention and treatment options for juveniles and their families. Members provide informal/unofficial services that reduce the risk of future official/formal involvement with the juvenile justice system.
This detailed handbook is the second edition from the Center Of Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University. The fifty-page handbook breaks down the issues from multisystem perspectives, and provides evidence-based research and recent legal policy reforms to shed light on how to improve education for children of all needs.
This website includes multiple resources on educating educators and parents on reforms, and provides links to expert organizations that have an expertise in educational reform for youth in the juvenile justice system.
This PDF from The National Technical Assistance Center for The Education of Neglected & Delinquent Youth focuses on the “four conditions for learning: 1) safety, 2) support, 3) social and emotional learning, and 4) engagement and challenge. The brief defines these condition for learning, cites relevant research, provides strategies to foster each condition, and offers a multitude of resources to further the reader’s knowledge and development of these conditions”.
NCSSLE has provided a number of in-depth guides and training products to help build and promote a safe and supportive learning environment.
Established by the US Department of Education, this website helps to implement and provide Technical assistance to help nourish children with disabilities on a social, academic, and emotional level. This website contains videos and articles that give advice as to ways educators can help support children in need.
This in depth article describes the government’s plan to increase public safety and improve outcomes for youth through Juvenile Justice Reform. The article is focused on the definitions of the policies and politics that are involved with Juvenile Justice reform.
This guide helps inspire and educator teachers on how to inspire students in and out of the classroom, through tips on how to adopt leadership practices, and includes various scholarly articles.
The authors suggest that the solution emphasize the adoption of a two-prong prevention approach that considers informed decision making, selection of evidence-based practices, and implementation of culturally relevant tiered systems of support.”
Guiding principles for providing high-quality education in juvenile justice secure care settings. This guide provides current practices/challenges, and recommended improvements to education services in secure care settings.
“The Justice Center is a national nonprofit organization that serves policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels from all branches of government. Staff provides practical, nonpartisan advice and evidence-based, consensus-driven strategies to increase public safety and strengthen communities.”