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NCJ Number: 251136 Find in a Library
Title: West Virginia's Senate Bill 393: Comprehensive Reform Implementation Successes
Corporate Author: Crime and Justice Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 2017
Page Count: 1
Sponsoring Agency: Crime and Justice Institute
Boston, MA 02116
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2014-ZB-BX-K011
Sale Source: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Factsheet; Legislation/Policy Description; Program Description (Demonstrative); Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document (Online); Factsheet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report summarizes the provisions of West Virginia’s juvenile justice reform legislation (Senate Bill 393), features of the technical assistance for implementing it, and the outcomes of the implementation.
Abstract: The objectives of this legislation are to increase community services for justice-involved juveniles, limit out-of-home placements for such juveniles, and reinvest the savings from reduced juvenile confinement in community supervision and treatment. The legislation increases community services for justice-involved juveniles by expanding youth reporting centers (YRCs) as a community-based option for youth who commit minor offenses. Out-of-home placements for justice-involved youth are limited by the establishment of a 3-month limit of stay in residential placement. The legislation requires that savings from reduced out-of-home placement be reinvested in community-based services for juveniles. The technical assistance for the implementation of these legislative provisions includes an evaluation of existing YRCs using performance measures based in proven principles of YRC effectiveness. A new YRC framework and handbook, as well as an implementation plan have been developed for new YRCs. Technical assistance for the limiting of out-of-home placements includes monitoring scoring consistency in risk assessment. Technical assistance for the reinvestment of savings under the reform effort includes funding for the training of staff in implementing “Aggression Replacement Training” (ART) and in conducting evidence-based program assessments. Outcomes from implementing the legislation are the opening of two new YRCs as an alternative to confinement, a 10-percent reduction in the average daily custody population for juveniles, and an expansion of the number of youth that can be served in the ART program.
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice reform
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (juvenile); Cost effectiveness analysis; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile justice policies; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources; State laws; Technical assistance plans; West Virginia
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