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Juvenile Justice

Recognizing research showing the cross over of many youth from the child welfare system to the juvenile justice system and following a legislative session which included many juvenile justice reforms, the Juvenile Justice Court Improvement Project (JJCIP) was created.  Juvenile probation took over many of the case management systems that formerly were a responsibility of the Department of Health and Human services.  JJCIP was tasked with engaging the local teams in the transition and working with courts on how to best implement court processes, highlighting best practices to maximize positive outcomes for court involved youth, families and communities.

From the Nebraska Supreme Court:

Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform has developed a model that describes the specific practices that need to be in place within a jurisdiction in order to reduce the number of youth who “crossover” between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.  The Crossover Youth Practice Model (CYPM) infuses values and standards;...Read more

Each year, over 300,000 young people are detained in juvenile facilities in the United States.  The typical stay is brief - about 20 days - but even short stays can negatively impact the outcomes of that youth.  Numerous studies conducted over the years show that detention disrupts schooling, impacts mental health, increases the likelihood of formal charges, and decreases outcomes...Read more

Restorative justice is a process that repairs the harm caused by criminal or delinquent behavior through the input or recognition of victims, offenders and community members.  In juvenile justice, restorative justice has greatly expanded in the past decade.  Restorative justice can include restitution and conferencing, and can also be more specific services like Victim-Offender...Read more