Publications

May 4, 2015
The U.S. Constitution does not grant parents a right to legal counsel in the juvenile dependency system. However, most states have created statutes that provide parents with legal representation in juvenile dependency cases. Currently, Mississippi is the only state with no provision for legal counsel for indigent parents. In 2012, a pilot program supported by Casey Family Programs was implemented...
April 22, 2015
The National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), the NCJFCJ's research division, has released a new StateScan publication that describes the landscape of standardized mental health screening in juvenile justice. This StateScan publication is the fourth in a series that distills important knowledge from NCJJ’s new Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice and Statistics website (JJGPS.org). The...
April 21, 2015
The National Center for Juvenile Justice, the NCJFCJ's research division, has released the first in a new series of case-study publications supporting themes explored in the Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice, and Statistics website (JJGPS.org). When Systems Collaborate provides case studies of three jurisdictions that coordinate information and services for youth who are involved in...
April 3, 2015
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges has released Preparing for a Trauma Consultation in Your Juvenile and Family Court. This guide, available online, outlines what courts need to know about a trauma consultation (also known as a "trauma audit"), and how such a consultation can help courts become more trauma-informed across environment, practice, and policy. Based on work with...
March 31, 2015
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings, written by Sarah Hockenberry, Research Associate; Melissa Sickmund, Director; and Anthony Sladky, Senior Computer Programmer of the National Center for Juvenile Justice, the research division of the NCJFCJ. This bulletin presents findings from the 2012...
March 20, 2015
The seventh issue of Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth is now available for download. This issue covers the following topics:   1. Does formal court processing of young offenders reduce recidivism? 2. What factors influence members of the New York Muslim community to cooperate with the police in combatting terrorism? 3. Are young sex offenders likely to repeat their offenses? 4. Does...
October 27, 2014
Juvenile Court Statistics 2011 draws on data from the National Juvenile Court Data Archive (Archive) to profile more than 1.2 million delinquency cases and 116,000 petitioned status offense cases handled in 2011 by U.S. courts with juvenile jurisdiction. The report also tracks trends in delinquency cases between 1985 and 2011 and in status offense cases processed between 1995 and 2011. The data...
October 9, 2014
This sixth issue of Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth is now available for download.  This issue covers the following topics: Are members of minority groups who come into contact with the police more likely to be arrested than white suspects? Can a pre-school program for disadvantaged children show benefits 40 years later? Are serious delinquents likely to persist in offending after...
September 23, 2014
Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective, written by NCJFCJ Past President Judge Leonard Edwards (Ret.), is a new publication made possible by the generous support of Casey Family Programs and Philanthropic Ventures Foundation. From the Foreword by the NCJFCJ Past President Michael Nash, Presiding Judge of the Los Angeles Juvenile Court:   “… Two goals of this book are to encourage judges and...
September 12, 2014
The NCJFCJ has published this guide as part of a larger project addressing school discipline referrals to the juvenile justice system. The project aims to reduce the number of referrals to the juvenile justice system for school based behaviors through the establishment and collaboration of judicially led court/school partnerships. The practice guide is intended to provide the multi-system...

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