Juvenile Justice

Overview

The Center for Court Innovation seeks to improve the juvenile justice system in a number of ways. For example, it has created youth courts that use positive peer pressure to encourage young people who have engaged in wrongdoing to repay the community; youthful offender domestic violence courts that address relationship abuse among teenagers; and alternative-to-detention programs that work with young people arrested for delinquency charges. The goal of all of the Center's juvenile justice projects is to provide troubled young people with the structure and support they need to avoid future delinquent behavior. Click here to see a description of all of the Center's youth programs.

To get help planning, implementing, or evaluating a juvenile justice initiative, click here.

Publications

The Criminal Justice Response to 16- and 17-Year-Old Defendants in New York

The Criminal Justice Response to 16- and 17-Year-Old Defendants in New York

By Warren A. Reich, Erin Farley, Michael Rempel and Suvi Hynynen Lambson

This report documents how the justice system currently handles 16- and 17-year-old defendants in New York State and presents an evaluation of the Adolescent Diversion Program, a pilot program that links these defendants to age-appropriate services in nine counties.

Read a fact sheet highlighting key findings and policy recommendations

Video

Family Voices in Juvenile Justice

Family Voices in Juvenile Justice

The juvenile justice system can be stressful and confusing for young people and their families. This 13-minute video supports families by answering some common questions: Who are the key people I may meet? Am I expected to appear in court with my child? What's going to happen to my child? What can I do as a family member to help?

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Publications

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: An Impact Evaluation of a Community-Based Intervention in Queens, New York

Mental Health and Juvenile Justice: An Impact Evaluation of a Community-Based Intervention in Queens, New York

By Josy Hahn

This report presents the results of an evaluation assessing the impact of a community-based mental health intervention known as QUEST Futures on recidivism and other juvenile delinquency outcomes among 392 justice-involved youth (15 years or younger) in New York City. Among other findings, results show that participation in QUEST Futures contributes to reduced felony level re-offending.  

Listen to a podcast with the author of the evaluation.

Articles

Adolescent Diversion Program:  The Court System Pilots a New Approach to Young Offenders

Adolescent Diversion Program: The Court System Pilots a New Approach to Young Offenders

NEW YORK, NY, March 1, 2012--In an effort to improve the judicial response to 16 and 17 year old offenders, the Center for Court Innovation is helping the New York State Court System pilot the Adolescent Diversion Program.

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Audio

Giving Youth a Voice in Justice Policy

Giving Youth a Voice in Justice Policy

Linda Baird discusses the Youth Justice Board, which brings together high schoolers across New York City to study and make recommendations about justice policies that affect their peers.

Video

Attendance Video

Attendance Video

A look at the Attendance Achievement Program, a pilot program that offers schools a new tool to combat chronic absenteeism by supporting students and their families.

Publications

The Adolescent Diversion Program in New York: A Reform in Progress

The Adolescent Diversion Program in New York: A Reform in Progress

By Richard Ross and Alfred Siegel

This paper reviews the lessons learned from nine pilot court sites testing the Adolescent Diversion Program, which brings cases of 16- and 17-year-olds before specially trained judges, who have access to an expanded array of dispositions, including age-appropriate services. The Adolescent Diversion Program was created as a forerunner to proposed legislation that would allow courts to divert cases pre-trial and focus more effectively on the special needs of adolescent defendants.

Publications

Drifting Between Worlds: Delinquency and Positive Engagement among Red Hook Youth

Drifting Between Worlds: Delinquency and Positive Engagement among Red Hook Youth

By Rachel Swaner and Elise White

This study sought to understand how teenagers in a low-income and geographically isolated area of Brooklyn think about and engage in delinquent behavior using individual interview, focus group, and survey data.

Most Popular Research

Publications

Prostitution Diversion Programs

Prostitution Diversion Programs

By Sarah Schweig, Danielle Malangone and Miriam Goodman

Many communities across the country grapple with how best to respond to prostitution.

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Publications

Looking Forward: Youth Perspectives on Reducing Crime in Brownsville and Beyond

Looking Forward: Youth Perspectives on Reducing Crime in Brownsville and Beyond

By Members of the Youth Justice Board

This report presents the findings and recommendations of the Youth Justice Board. Since August 2010, the Youth Justice Board has focused on reducing youth crime in New York City using the neighborhood of Brownsville, Brooklyn as a case study.

Publications

I Got Arrested! Now What?

I Got Arrested! Now What?

By Members of the Youth Justice Board

A comic book for young people involved in the juvenile justice system. Created by the Youth Justice Board, the Center for Urban Pedagogy, graphic artist Danica Novgorodoff and the New York City Department of Probation.

Contact
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