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NCJ Number: NCJ 241481     Find in a Library
Title: Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: Shippensburg University of Pennsylvania
Dept of Criminal Justice
United States of America

Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
United States of America
Date Published: 04/2012
Page Count: 50
  Annotation: This monograph provides Pennsylvania juvenile justice stakeholders with information on how daily practices can be improved in order to achieve better juvenile justice outcomes.
Abstract: This is done by explaining the features and implementation steps of Pennsylvania’s Juvenile Justice System Enhancement Strategy (JJSES). JJSES aims to apply the best-known research to the principles and goals of a balanced and restorative justice (BARJ) mission. The BARJ effort has resulted in many improvements in juvenile justice procedures, including, but not limited to, a greater emphasis on the needs of crime victims, community participation in addressing the consequences of delinquency, and a readiness to determine how the justice system could cooperate with others to repair the harms caused by crime. In aiding this effort, the JJSES uses actuarial assessment tools, cognitive behavioral interventions, and performance measures to make incremental improvements, addressing not only the offender but the entire family. This effort is supported by providing juvenile justice stakeholders with training, technical assistance, literature, Web-based support documents, and overall guidance. This monograph presents the JJSES in four stages. “Stage One: Readiness” involves an introduction to evidence-based-programming (EBP) training, organizational readiness, cost-benefit analysis, and stakeholder engagement. “Stage Two: Initiation” addresses motivational interviewing, structured decisionmaking, detention risk assessment instruments, the Massachusetts Youth Screening Instrument-Version 2, the Youth Level of Service/Case Management Inventory, inter-rater reliability, and case-plan development. “Stage Three: Behavioral Change” focuses on skill-building and tools; cognitive behavioral interventions; responsivity; evidence-based programming and interventions; the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol; service provider alignment; and graduated responses. “Stage Four: Refinement” consists of policy alignment, performance measures, and EBP service contracts. The monograph concludes with an outline of key JJSES building blocks. These are delinquency prevention, diversion, family involvement, data-driven decisionmaking, training, technical assistance, continuous quality improvement, and an evolving future. Approximately 50 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile justice policies
Index Term(s): Staff development training ; Research uses in policymaking ; Juvenile justice reform ; Office of Justice Programs (OJP) ; Pennsylvania ; Restorative Justice
Sponsoring Agency: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Juvenile Advisory Cmtte
United States of America

US Dept of Justice, Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Sale Source: Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
Juvenile Advisory Cmtte
P.O. Box 1167
Federal Square Station
Harrisburg, PA 17120
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Demonstrative) ; Monograph
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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