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NCJ Number: 251032 Find in a Library
Title: 5 Ways Juvenile Court Judges Can Use Data
Corporate Author: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
United States of America
Date Published: July 2017
Page Count: 2
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2015-JF-FX-K003
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: Instructional Material; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This instructional material explains five ways that juvenile court judges can use data collected daily in their courts to assess and improve court procedures and decisions.
Abstract: One use of data available to juvenile court judges is to “align their decisions with evidence-based practices.” Research data enable judges to assess objectively whether their routine decision-making takes into account evidence-based practices regarding juvenile recidivism reduction. A second way judges can use data is to “support positive outcomes for kids.” Data collected from assessments and interviews with youths and their families can inform court decisions, and data shared by partnering agencies can assist judges in deciding which interventions are most effective with youth at various risk levels. The third suggestion is that juvenile court judges use data to “identify opportunities for improvement.” Data on court operations and their effects can assist in identifying areas that need improvement in order to increase court efficiency and effectiveness. The fourth suggestion is to “measure improvement efforts,” by collecting and analyzing data that monitors the implementation and results of various court management and decision-making processes. The fifth suggestion is that data collected by juvenile courts be used “to tell the story of juvenile justice“ for particular communities, which can be shared with State and Federal agencies that make funding decisions related to juvenile justice policy, practice, and research.
Main Term(s): Juvenile courts
Index Term(s): Judicial decisions; Judicial educational programs; Juvenile court procedures; Juvenile court records; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources
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