Publications

Research Report: Assessing Time-Certain Calendaring Dockets
Research Report: Assessing Time-Certain Calendaring Dockets
May 4, 2015
There is not one nationally utilized method of calendaring dependency court cases. Rather, there are four common calendaring methods used to schedule these case types. These include (1) Block time, (2) Time-certain, (3) Combination of block and time-certain, and (4) so-called “Cattle calls.” The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) Resource Guidelines strongly recommends...More
Research Report: Assessing ICWA Compliance in Seattle, WA
Research Report: Assessing ICWA Compliance in Seattle, WA
May 4, 2015
In response to the high number of Native American children being removed from their homes, Congress passed the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in 1978. In 25 U.S. Code § 1902, Congress declared that the best interests of Indian children would be protected by promoting the stability and security of Indian tribes and families through the establishment of minimum standards for removing Indian...More
Research Report: 2014 Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Institute Evaluation
Research Report: 2014 Domestic Child Sex Trafficking Institute Evaluation
May 4, 2015
Domestic child sex trafficking (DCST) is a rising and multifaceted issue within the U.S. The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), through funds from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, developed training and judicial practice tools with the goals of identifying and servicing victims of DCST. The NCJFCJ created a curriculum to specify ways to...More
StateScan: Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services
StateScan: Mental Health Screening in Juvenile Justice Services
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...More
When Systems Collaborate: How Three Jurisdictions Improved Their Handling of Dual-Status Cases
When Systems Collaborate: How Three Jurisdictions Improved Their Handling of Dual-Status Cases
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...More
Juvenile Residential Facility Census, 2012: Selected Findings
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
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
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
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
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