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How Does the Juvenile Justice System Measure Up? Applying Performance Measures in Five Jurisdictions

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This Special Project Bulletin presents a case for measuring and reporting juvenile justice system performance outcomes and a field-tested strategy for collecting and reporting juvenile justice outcome measures. The performance measures presented in the Bulletin are predicated on the goals and measurable objectives of balanced and restorative justice. The experiences of five disparate jurisdictions are used to illustrate that it is both possible and useful to measure juvenile justice system performance for individuals, agencies, and entire systems. Two state systems-Pennsylvania and South Carolina-and three county-level jurisdictions-Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Deschutes County, Oregon, and Marquette County, Michigan-are highlighted.