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Juvenile Justice Organizations

Juvenile Justice Policy and Oversight Committee
JJPOC is charged with evaluating policies related to the juvenile justice system and the expansion of juvenile jurisdiction to include persons 16 and 17 year of age. This work is directly connected to the priorities required by the Tow Foundation for the Tow Youth Justice Institute

American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Center
Provides materials that center on the implementation of the Americans with Disabilities Act as well as additional areas of mental health law.

The Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness and Equity
Responds to the needs of the poor youth, their families and communities with a focus on the over-representation of young people of color in the juvenile justice and child welfare system nationwide.

Center for Children's Advocacy
Non-profit organization focused on the support and protection of poor children who rely on judicial, child welfare, health, education, and juvenile justice agencies in the state of Connecticut.

Center for Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Non-profit organization focused on policy development, education, technical assistance, and research to lower society’s dependence on incarceration as a solution to social problems.

Child Welfare League/Juvenile Justice Division
Looks at the connection between child maltreatment and delinquency. An online newsletter is put out on the site, The Link.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
National non-profit association that represents 56 governor-appointed advisory groups aiding the juvenile court system in the U.S. state, territories and District of Columbia.

Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
An organization in the executive branch that directs all federal juvenile delinquency prevention programs, federal programs and activities that detain or look after unaccompanied juveniles, and federal programs dealing with missing and exploited children.

CT Juvenile Justice Alliance
An organization dedicated to reducing the number of children and youth entering the juvenile and criminal justice system, and advocate a safe, effective, and fair system for those involved.

International Association of Chiefs of Police
Nonprofit organization of top operating executives of international, national, state, and local police agencies.

Juvenile Law Center
Works to protect and improve the rights of children, and in particular, with ensuring that children in the juvenile justice system get basic necessities and rights by reforming present system.

Justice Research and Statistics Association/Juvenile Justice Evaluation Center
A nationwide project to assess juvenile justice programs, and to give training, technical assistance, and other resources to the States to improve their evaluation capacity.

National Center for Juvenile Justice
Research section of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges giving data to judges, probation officers, court administrators, educators, legislatures, social and legal researchers, child advocates, parents and juvenile corrections personnel.

National Center for Mental Heath and Juvenile Justice
Provides a national focal point aimed ay improving policy and practice for mental youth with mental, substance use and trauma-related conditions who have come into contact with the juvenile justice system.

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Centered on bettering the practices and the efficiency of the juvenile court system .There is a free weekly newsletter on the site.

National Juvenile Defender Center
Nonprofit organization promoting timely access to able, properly resourced, properly trained legal counsel for all youth in the juvenile justice system.

National Partnership for Juvenile Services
In 2004, the Council for Educators of At-Risk and Delinquent Youth (CEARDY), the Juvenile Justice Trainers Association (JJTA), the National Association for Juvenile Correctional Agencies (NAJCA), and the National Juvenile Detention Association (NJDA) merged their respective membership organizations under one operational structure. Building on years of experience, knowledge, and skill, this union allows the individual organizations to focus on their respective mission and discipline while minimizing duplication, maximizing limited resources, and ensuring sustainability.

National Center on Institutions and Alternatives
Centers on improving correctional systems through alternative sentencing and placement options, community reintegration, and unconditional care for juveniles and adults

State Juvenile Justice Profiles
Site includes depictive information and analysis pertaining to each state’s juvenile justice system highlighting the uniqueness of the 51 different juvenile justice systems in this country.

Youth Law Center
Non-profit Center inspecting and working to find solutions to dangerous, abusive, or neglectful situations for children in foster care systems and juvenile institutions.


Center for Effective Collaboration and Practice
Provides broad resources on policy, research, effective practices, cultural competence, mental health and violence prevention to promote healthy development of children with or at risk of developing major emotional disturbance.

Building State Advisory Group Capacity
A toolkit for effective juvenile justice practices intended for State Advisory Groups (SAGs) and related state agencies to help gauge their strengths, identify challenges, and find solutions to help them strengthen their position as juvenile justice leaders.

Center for Law and Education
Supports improved educational results for low-income students and gives extensive materials about disability rights for students and school personnel, and about Title I, vocational education, school to work and special education programs.

Correctional Education Association
The Correctional Education Association prepares their youth for exceptional reentry into the community by providing them with skills (leadership, responsibility, career training, and interpersonal) that will make their transition successful. Additionally, they provide training and positive dissemination for those who are educators in the field of criminal or juvenile justice system.

Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders
The Council for Children with Behavioral Disorders (CCBD) is an extensive group of educators who are devoted to research, assessment, and professional development for youth who display emotional and/or behavioral disorders that puts them at high risk. CCBD also works with teaching scholars and professionals effective approaches to manage a successful classroom with students who exhibit at-risk behavior.

Education Development Center, Inc.
The Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) is a center that is dedicated to implementing research, evaluation, and advancement of opportunities that promote a better well-being, education, and economical situation for the society. EDC employs professionals and leaders that are researchers, professors, and many other different careers so that their center is diverse and enriched in different intelligences from many sectors.

Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC)
The Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) is a digital library that produces and provides unlimited access to research and information that pertains to education, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

Harvard Kennedy School: Young Adult Justice

National Association of State Boards of Education
The National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is a nonprofit organization that has a membership base of previous school teachers and administrators, and parents, whose main goal is for the improvement of the nation’s State Boards of Education. They collect their information from original reports that cover state educational issues that reflect educational policy.

National Education Association
The National Education Association (NEA) is the largest professional organization that seeks for the improvement of the public education system. NEA believes that every student in the public school system, regardless of what grade, gender, race, disability, should have an equal opportunity at getting the best out of the public school system.

National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent or At Risk
The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education for Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At Risk (NDTAC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education and seeks to provide the very best information on educational opportunities and resources for those children who are at risk. They especially focus on the educational needs of children who are in the juvenile justice system.

The National Institute for Urban School Improvement
The National Institute for Urban School Improvement (NIUSI) develops reliable networks for youth who live or go to school in urban districts that are data-based. Additionally, NIUSI generates research that is inclusive to urban schools and areas and how they affect youth.

National Resource Center on School-Justice Partnerships
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention has launched this website to provide information on training and technical assistance to help school-justice partnerships realize positive school discipline reforms and reduce the school-to-juvenile justice pathway.

National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports
The National Technical Assistance Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports seeks to assist youth who have disabilities and developing a plan and research that provides better emotional, social, and financial outcomes for children with disabilities.


360 Degrees
A website which seeks to understand and critically analyze who and why people are convicted of crimes by producing ideas on how crime can be reduced and how communities can become stronger without sending people to prison. 360 Degrees works with students and instructors to create more conversations with schools and the communities that surround them, as well as other vital media personnel to let the public know that imprisonment and criminality affect not only the direct family of those who are a victim/convict of the crime, but society as a whole.

American Youth Policy Forum
A nonprofit organization that encourages empathy and awareness of policymakers to fortify the process of making policies for youth justice issues through interlocking research, practice, and policy. Through analyzing information on youth justice issues and holding forums with lawmakers, educators, researchers and youth, they provide insight and expertise knowledge on different strategies and programs that will improve effects for all youth.

Annie E. Casey Foundation
The Annie E. Casey Foundation realizes that helping make families stronger, strengthening communities, and guaranteeing that there is access to opportunity, are the three vital features that are all necessary for success. The foundation is dedicated to creating a better future for millions of children who are at risk because of poor socioeconomic, educational, and health opportunities.

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance - The Color of Justice
Research and film describing the differences that minority children face in the youth justice system. The film The Color of Justiceexamines this problem so that changes can be made in the State of Connecticut.

Crime Survivors Speak Report
The National Survey of Victims’ Views is the first-of-its-kind research on crime survivor's experiences with the criminal justice system and their preferences for safety and justice policy.

Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
A collection of 22 Federal agencies that are in the government that are involved in research and analysis that deal with children and families. The Forum seeks to enhance data collection and reporting on Federal data on families and children.

Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice, & Statistics (JJGPS)
The National Center for Juvenile Justice has released new state profiles from their Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice & Statistics (JJGPS) project, summarizing important findings across six key areas in juvenile justice. The state profiles provide a snapshot of each state’s most recent data on juvenile arrest and custody issues.

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice
Supports juvenile justice reform through its “Models for Change” initiative and aims to assist and hasten a reform on a national level so that children who have trouble with delinquency and the criminal justice system, can have improved lives, while also assisting with public safety and making sure that youth are held accountable for their actions. Additionally, the Foundation utilizes research on behavioral and neurological research on youth that, when combined, can lead to a juvenile justice reform on understanding child and adolescent development in congruence with delinquency.

National Criminal Justice Reference Service
The National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS) offers federally funded information and studies on crime and drug-related information for support on policy, program development, and policy design all around the world, for anyone who is interested in crime (victims, educators, community leaders, researchers, practitioners, and the general public). Additionally, NCJRS’ database has more than 222,000 reports and articles that are all relevant to criminal and youth justice.

Probation System Review Guidebook 2nd Edition

Rand Corporation
The Research and Development Corporation (RAND) has a Safety and Justice Program that conducts research and work on public safety issues on policing, prisons, homeland security, drug trafficking, and violent crimes, while also informing valuable information backed up with evidence that is driven by critical evidence on the subjects.

The Urban Institute
Seeks to strengthen communities and society by offering comprehensive and research-based solutions to the public’s difficulties, especially with socioeconomic based exploration. The Institute gathers and analyzes data to provide evidence-based research that creates solutions to improve policies with communities at each level – city, state, and country.

Mental Health

Maryville University Online A Guide to Children’s Mental Health
As a university that works with future educators, counselors, and healthcare providers, we understand the importance of mental health in the development of a child. We recently published a resource to help those that raise or work with children identify and understand mental health issues children may experience. The guide provides in-depth information to help navigate the issues surrounding children with mental illness, as well as links to further resources.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Provides the public with the best research and practice on programs and policies with youth with mental health disorders that also come in contact with the juvenile justice system. The Center recognizes that a majority of youth have a mental health issue, and many may even have a co-existing substance abuse disorder. Through this information, the center seeks to address behavioral, mental, and substance abuse disorders to provide beneficial information on youth in contact with the juvenile justice system.

Center for School Mental Health Assistance
Seeks to gather and analyze research, practice, and theories that are concerned with addressing difficulties on a mental health and psychosocial level through school-based interventions. In pursuance of this goal, SMHP works closely with school districts and personnel, and state and local agencies and organization to accomplish the most extensive research from all levels.

Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law
Seeks protection and advancement for children and adults who exhibit a mental disability. The Mental Health Services for Children realize that even children who have a severe mental disability can live at home, accomplish exceptional achievements and become a prosperous adult, through a system of care that can deliver services that work with the child and his/her family.

Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice
Conducts and provides expertise guidance to juvenile justice environments on the most accurate information for mental health assessments and recommendations. Additionally, their goal is to provide effectual resources and trustworthy mental health assessments for fields of both juvenile justice and mental health.

Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health
A family-run organization that develops and implements policies and legislation that correlate with youth and their families who have health needs (emotional, mental, or behavioral).

National Council on Disability: Breaking the School-to-Prison Pipeline for Students with Disabilities

Developing a Trauma-Informed Diversion ProgramA report from the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice lays our principles for an effective approach to trauma-informed juvenile justice diversion


Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings
Special expertise: educational reform in community settings and locked facilities

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown)
Special expertise: systems of care, collaboration

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: detention reform, diversion, positive youth justice, prevention, status offenses

Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators
Special expertise: juvenile facilities, aftercare/re-entry

Council of State Governments Justice Center
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, courts, justice reinvestment, mental health, substance abuse

Federal Interagency Re-entry Council
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry

John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Research and Evaluation Center
Special expertise: community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, positive youth justice

JustChildren Program
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, educational reintegration, transfer, zero tolerance

Justice for Families
Special expertise: deincarceration, family engagement, justice reinvestment

Juvenile Court Judges’ Commission
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, balanced and restorative justice, diversion

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: community-based alternatives, deincarceration, diversion, detention alternatives, evidence-based practices, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Juvenile Law Center
Special expertise: access to counsel, aftercare/re-entry, diversion, expungement, juvenile confidentiality, transfer

A member of the Models for Change Resource Center Partnership. Coordinated by the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice at Policy Research Associates.
Special expertise: community-based alternatives, competence to stand trial, comprehensive reform, diversion, family involvement, evidence-based practices, mental health, preventing suicide among justice involved youth, screening and assessment


Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Association of Counties
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, community-based alternatives, diversion, mental health

National Center for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: juvenile justice data and statistical analysis

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: deincarceration, diversion, evidence-based practices

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Special expertise: detention alternatives, juvenile sanctions, status offenses

National Juvenile Justice Network
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, deincarceration, justice reinvestment, racial and ethnic fairness

National League of Cities
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, community-based alternatives

National Youth Screening and Assessment Partners
Special expertise: mental health screening and assessment, risk assessment

Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, balanced and restorative justice, delinquency prevention, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, diversion, evidence-based practices, juvenile mental health, restorative justice

Reclaiming Futures
Special expertise: substance abuse

Technical Assistance Collaborative
Special expertise: evidence-based practice, health care, Medicaid, substance abuse

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention, specialty courts, truancy

Vera Institute of Justice
Special expertise: aftercare/re-entry, family engagement, mental health and substance use, status offenses

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: community-based alternatives, cost effectiveness, evidence-based practices, evidence-based treatment programs


Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) work for juvenile justice and safety, especially those juveniles who experience serious, violent, and habitual offenders, and also victims who are neglected and/abused. OJJDP strives for a nation where children are healthy, educated, and do not fear violence. Even when a juvenile does come in contact with the criminal justice system, the contact should be rare, justified, and also should benefit them.

CDC National Center for Injury Prevention & Control/ Division of Violence Prevention
Seeks to nationally recognize violence as a national health problem that needs to be analyzed and prevented. The Division’s mission is to overall prevent injuries and/or death caused by violence.

Center for Child and Adolescent Violence Prevention

Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence
The Johns Hopkins Center for the Prevention of Youth Violence (JHCPYV) seeks to provide intervention for youth who are classified as high-risk, while also reaching out to the community to prevent the escalation of violence. Additionally, their main focus is to prevent fatal and non-fatal violence between and against youth.

Connecticut Restraint and Seclusion Prevention Initiative 2015 Conference Resources
The presentations and related materials from the third annual conference by the CT restraint & Seclusion Prevention Initiative Partnership in September 2015 can be found at the link to the CT Clearinghouse website.

Grabel & Law Juvenile Crime Prevention Resource Page

Law Enforcement Risk Screening for Youth
The Massachusetts Arrest Screening Tool for Law Enforcement(MASTLE) assess the likelihood a youth taken into police custody for a criminal offense will be arrested again or will fail to appear for an arraignment.

Juvenile Justice Reform in CT: How Collaboration and Commitment Have Improved Public Safety and Outcomes for Youth

The National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Seeks to promote communities that are strong and safe for not only society, but for the individuals and families that reside in them. Also, the NCCCD specializes in conducting research on policies that affect youth involved in the juvenile justice system and children and adolescents who are exposed to the child welfare system.

National Dropout Prevention Center
Seeks to increase graduation rates for youth in high school, while also increasing the use of research and solutions that are backed up with evidence.

OJJDP Publications on Delinquency Prevention
Provides publications that inform the public on evidence-based practices on delinquency prevention.

Report on the Evaluation of Judicially Led Responses to Eliminate School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System

Strengthening America's Families
Seeks to make American families stronger by presenting family-focused programs that are proven to work.

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