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NCJ Number: 249761 Find in a Library
Title: The Concurrent Evolution and Intertwined Nature of Juvenile Drug Courts (JDC) and Reclaiming Futures (RF) Approach to Juvenile Justice Reform
Author(s): Pamela Baumer; Michael L. Dennis
Corporate Author: Southwest Institute for Research on Women
United States of America
Date Published: October 2015
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Southwest Institute for Research on Women
Grant Number: 2013-DC-BX-0081
Contract Number: LCFRD11C0007
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: Presentation; Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This presentation first notes the urgency of drug treatment for juveniles processed by the justice system, followed by a review of the origin and evolution of juvenile drug courts, an overview of the Reclaiming Futures (RF) approach to juvenile justice reform, and a description of how JDC and RF have become integrated in an innovative program model.
Abstract: Drug treatment should be a core feature of juvenile justice programming, because approximately 90 percent of drug use and related problem behaviors begin between the ages of 12 and 20. In addition, a high percentage of drug users engage in behavior that brings them into contact with the juvenile justice system. Juvenile drug courts (JDCs) started when pioneering juvenile justice leaders determined that the traditional system of juvenile processing was not addressing one of the primary causes of delinquent behaviors. JDCs were established to plan and implement a multidisciplinary team approach to drug treatment that focuses on treatment based on an offender needs assessment and the tailoring of treatment for both drug use and other problem behaviors to the needs of each juvenile, followed by the court’s close monitoring of how each youth is responding to and participating in treatment. RF goals are to stimulate the development of interdisciplinary professional and community teams that will identify and implement evidence-based and culturally relevant screening, assessment, appropriate integrated care coordination, treatment, and developmentally appropriate recovery support systems. The integration of RF principles into the design and operation of JDCs promises to improve the effectiveness of the juveile justice system in addressing drug use and related problem behaviors. 4 figures and approximately 100 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile drug courts
Index Term(s): Evidence-Based Practices; Evidence-Based Programs; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile drug treatment; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile justice reform; Model programs; OJJDP grant-related documents; OJJDP Resources
Note: Presentation at the Addiction Health Services Research Conference in Los Angeles, CA, October 16, 2015
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