Data Informed Strategies for Improving Policy and Practice

With funding from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Research and Evaluation Center at John Jay College of Criminal Justice extended its program of research and technical assistance on juvenile justice realignment, or efforts to shift programs and resources for young offenders away from centralized, state-run facilities and into locally-operated, community-based, and non-residential programs. The Center reviewed the research literature and compiled the results of previous studies and investigations. The effort was also supported with $30,000 in funding from the New York Community Trust.

Jeffrey Butts on the Project Findings

Core Staff
Jeffrey Butts (PI), Douglas Evans, Rhoda Ramdeen

Funding
$12,000. Annie E. Casey Foundation.
$30,000. New York Community Trust.

Products
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Butts, Jeffrey A. and Douglas N. Evans (2011). Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment: Three Strategies for Changing Juvenile Justice. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.
In recent decades, legislators and administrators have created innovative policies to reduce the demand for expensive state confinement and to supervise as many young offenders as possible in their own communities. This report reviews the history and development of these strategies and portrays their methods as following one of three models: resolution, reinvestment, and realignment.

cover_pioneers_shadowEvans, Douglas N. (2012). Pioneers of Youth Justice Reform: Achieving System Change Using Resolution, Reinvestment, and Realignment Strategies. New York, NY: Research and Evaluation Center, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York.
This report describes the history and implementation of the most well-known reform initiatives that draw upon one or more of these mechanisms to achieve system change: resolution, reinvestment, and realignment. The author considers the impact of the initiatives on juvenile confinement policy and practice at the state and local level.