Publications

Developing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for School-Justice Partnerships: Technical Assistance Tools
March 3, 2017
A memorandum of understanding (MOU) is a critical document in establishing coordinated efforts in a school-justice partnership. An MOU is a multilateral agreement among multiple parties intended to express a common vision and line of action. MOUs in school-justice partnerships represent a collective commitment among schools, courts, and other relevant agencies, to adhere to specific principles...More
Judicially-led Responses to the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: An Overview of the Lessons Learned
November 21, 2016
The zero tolerance policies that were adopted by many local and state education agencies in the 1990s  had the unintended effect of unnecessarily introducing low-risk youth to the juvenile justice system for disruptive behaviors that are very typical of adolescence. Despite overall decreases in juvenile delinquency referrals nationally, including arrests of juveniles for violent offenses, the...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
School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project: A Practice Guide
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...More
School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System: The Context for a Practice Guide for Courts and Schools
August 30, 2014
The NCJFCJ has published a Technical Assistance Bulletin on the School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System: A Context for a Practice Guide for Courts and Schools 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...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