Publications

Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings
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...More
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth - Vol. 2, No. 4
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...More
Assessing the Long-Term Effects of Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard
January 8, 2015
The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative (CCC) brings together judicial officers and systems stakeholders to set a national agenda for court-based training, research and reform initiatives to reduce the disproportionate treatment of children of color in the dependency court system.  One of the tools developed from this initiative was a Benchcard for...More
Process Evaluation: Courts Catalyzing Change Preliminary Protective Hearing Benchcard
January 8, 2015
The Courts Catalyzing Change: Achieving Equity and Fairness in Foster Care Initiative (CCC) brings together judicial officers and systems stakeholders to set a national agenda for court-based training, research and reform initiatives to reduce the disproportionate treatment of children  of color in the dependency court system.  One of the tools developed from this initiative was a Benchcard for...More
Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth - Vol. 2, No. 3
January 2, 2015
This sixth issue of Criminological Highlights: Children and Youth is now available for download. This issue covers the following topics:   01. When members of the public say that they want harsh penalties for youths, what do they mean? 02. Does being apprehended and arrested for a crime act as a deterrent? 03. How can the principles of general deterrence be employed in a manner that may reduce...More
Assessing Parental Engagement in Juvenile Court Hearings
December 22, 2014
Research indicates that engaged parents are more likely to attend hearings, visit with their children and comply with their case plan, which increases likelihood of reunification. However, engaging parents in the dependency court process is often a challenge. This report focuses on a multi-method approach to examining parent engagement in dependency court. Working with the Milwaukee Model Court,...More
Juvenile Court Statistics 2011
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...More
Reasonable Efforts: A Judicial Perspective
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...More
OJJDP Bulletin: Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2011
August 27, 2014
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has released Juveniles in Residential Placement, 2011. The bulletin, written by National Center for Juvenile Justice's (NCJJ) Sarah Hockenberry, Research Associate, with assistance from Melissa Sickmund, Ph.D., Director of NCJJ, presents information from the 2011 Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, conducted by the U.S....More
Research Report: 2013 Child Abuse and Neglect Institute in Atlanta, GA
June 23, 2014
The Child Abuse and Neglect Institute (CANI) is a week-long training program that provides instruction in dependency court best practices for judicial officers who have been recently assigned to child abuse and neglect cases. Since 1996, the NCJFCJ has offered annual CANI trainings in Reno, NV, as well as additional CANI trainings throughout the U.S. The NCJFJC recently conducted an evaluation of...More