Juvenile Justice: Technical Assistance
The Center’s services include:
- Site visits
- Hands-on assistance
- Research and writing
Site visits are one of the best vehicles for introducing planners to innovative juvenile justice programs. Over the years, the Center has developed structured tours for visitors to its demonstration projects. These demonstration projects include: the Juvenile Intervention Court, which works with juveniles arrested on non-violent delinquency charges; the Bronx Juvenile Accountability Court, which works with adjudicated delinquents placed on intensive probation supervision as an alternative to confinement; the Red Hook Youth Court, where local teenagers serve as jurors, judges and attorneys, handling real-life cases involving their peers; the Juvenile Reentry Court, where juveniles returning from state placement are linked to an array of social and family services to ease the transition to life back in the community; the Youthful Offender Domestic Violence Court, the first court in New York state to address exclusively misdemeanor domestic violence cases among teenagers between the ages of 16 and 19; and the Harlem Youth Justice Center, which works with young offenders and those at risk of offending to provide them with the tools they need to get on the right track.
On a typical site visit, visitors will:
- see the courtroom/program in action;
- meet project staff, who will be available to answer questions;
- obtain sample documents; and
- brainstorm new approaches to problems back home.
The Center for Court Innovation provides intensive one-on-one assistance in the planning, implementation, and enhancement of juvenile justice programs.
Assistance is available in five main areas:
1. NEEDS ASSESSMENT
A needs assessment helps pinpoint pressing local problems, providing quantitative and qualitative data to sharpen planners’ understanding of the issues at hand.
2. CONCEPT PAPER
Once the problems have been clearly defined, the Center can help planners create innovative solutions in the form of a detailed concept paper that spells out the scope and goals of a project.
3. PROJECT DEVELOPMENT
Armed with a clear, detailed idea about how to proceed, the Center can make it happen by helping clients identify funding sources, create a start-up budget, and devise new ways to engage the community and potential government partners.
The Center can help planners evaluate the project, once it’s up and running, by establishing performance measures and tracking the project’s ability to meet its stated goals.
Finally, the Center can assist with troubleshooting, helping program managers analyze operations and make mid-course adjustments
Center for Court Innovation experts provide customized workshops, panels, and trainings on juvenile justice. Speakers from the Center have participated in conferences across the U.S. and internationally.
Research and writing
Center for Court Innovation researchers are available to conduct original research, including both impact and process evaluations, and to produce publications.