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NCJ Number: 250735 Find in a Library
Title: Justice-Involved Young Adults Research Planning Meeting
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: December 2016
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Contract Number: 2010F_10097
Sale Source: US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Conference Material; Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the presentations and discussions of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ’s) Justice-Involved Young Adults Research Planning Meeting, which was held December 12, 2016.
Abstract: In the welcoming and opening comments Howard Spivak, NIJ’s Principal Deputy Director, notes that justice-involved young adults are a high priority for the NIJ, and it has developed a relatively new agenda in this area. Brent Cohen, Senior advisor to the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Justice Programs (OJP), notes the importance of bringing expertise to work with justice-involved young adults. In the section on “Ground Rules and Introductions,” NIJ’s Carrie Mulford explains how the issue of justice-involved young adults came to NIJ’s attention through a 2008 study group and resulting book. Other relevant NIJ activities in this area are also mentioned. The meeting then proceeded to presentations and discussions in five areas: 1) linking developmental research to practice; 2) life course perspective; 3) system responses; 4) evaluation; and 5) legislation and policy. The session on linking developmental research to practice focused on young-adult brain development and neuroscience, as well as psychological and social development. The session on life course perspective addressed what is known and unknown about the importance of life transitions for justice-involved young adults. The area of system responses considered criminal justice policies and practices that address the needs of justice-involved young adults. Presentations and discussions on evaluation emphasize the importance of evaluation research in developing evidence-based policies and practices for managing justice-involved young adults. Presentations and discussions of legislation and policy address the importance of monitoring and providing input to legislation to ensure that it reflects evidence-based research on the developmental needs of high-risk and justice-involved young adults.
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Developmental criminology; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Research programs; Research uses in policymaking; Young adult offenders
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