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Found 32 results for "Doug Thomas"


5th Judicial Circuit of Missouri, Juvenile Division On-Site Technical Assistance Report

Doug Thomas, James Rieland

This report provides the results of a technical assistance assignment conducted by the National Center for Juvenile Justice for the 5th Judicial Circuit of Missouri's Juvenile Division. The scope of the project was to assess the continuum of services, interventions, and programs for juvenile court-involved youth and provide recommendations to facilitate enhancements. During the site visit, the authors interviewed key staff and program providers, reviewed juvenile court processes and programs, and conducted a workshop …


A Special Report on Juvenile Sex Offenders

Doug Thomas

A blueprint for early, determined, and consistent intervention in the lives of juvenile sex offenders is presented. Provided within the report is an operational definition of juvenile sex offenders, a discussion on the scope of the problem, an analysis of disposition options, and a discussion of treatment alternatives for this special population.


A Vision, a Mission, and a Plan for Strategic Action in Washtenaw County, MI

Doug Thomas

This bulletin uses the experience of Washtenaw County (Ann Arbor, Michigan) Trial Court Family Division - Juvenile Center to illustrate using strategic planning to achieve system reform. The agency embarked upon this process after being confronted with several challenges, including projected budget over-runs, lengthy case processing times, and case backlogs. After being guided in a 6-step strategic planning process, the agency succeeded in creating a new mission, establishing an enhanced continuum of services, clarifying its …


Accountability Based Community (ABC) Interventions for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Final Report

Doug Thomas

The Allegheny County (Pittsburgh), Pennsylvania Juvenile Court has established 'Accountability Based Community Interventions' a system-wide strategy of increasingly intensive intervention, treatment, and rehabilitation services for serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders. The National Center for Juvenile Justice conducted a system-wide assessment, and developed and implemented programs to improve the court's ability to intervene effectively in the lives of juvenile offenders. Allegheny County now offers job skills and employment programs, an aftercare mentoring program, …


Advancing Competency Development: A White Paper for Pennsylvania

Patricia Torbet, Doug Thomas

One of the fundamental purposes of Pennsylvania's juvenile justice system is to develop 'competencies' in delinquent youth. This report articulates basic principles and identifies research-support practices, outcomes and measures for competency development that conform to the Juvenile Act's language and purpose.


An Assessment of Accountability Based Information Needs for the Allegheny County (PA) Juvenile Probation Department: Phase I Final Report

Doug Thomas

This assessment was designed as a multi-disciplinary planning initiative to identify the Allegheny County, PA (Pittsburgh) juvenile court's information sharing needs and develop strategies for meeting those needs. Specifically, the project was designed to: define common purposes and goals for sharing information; identify general principles applicable to multi-agency information sharing; identify appropriate technology and required training; identify critical information sharing partners; and develop an action plan for achieving information goals that promote offender and …


Balanced and Restorative Justice: Implementing the Philosophy

Patricia Torbet, Doug Thomas

This document provides a step-by-step description of Pennsylvania's ongoing implementation of the Balanced and Restorative Justice (BARJ) philosophy, as mandated by a fundamental revision of the state's Juvenile Act in 1995. System-wide strategic planning addressed needs-based budgeting, organizational self-assessment, and BARJ principles applied to secure care.


Beyond the Report Card: An Exploratory Analysis of Outcomes from Probation Cases Closed in Allegheny County, PA (2000 to 2006)

Doug Thomas

This Bulletin includes an exploratory analysis of almost 11,000 cases closed by the Allegheny County (Pittsburgh) Juvenile Court between 2000 and 2006 and presents baseline performance measures for that period. The outcome data is used to take a closer look at those cases and some of the patterns, trends, and questions that emerge.


Collecting Data and Sharing Information to Improve School-Justice Partnerships

Andrew Wachter, Hunter Hurst IV, Teri Deal, Douglas Thomas

Juvenile courts nationwide handle cases referred by schools for truancy or behavioral incidents. Since 2012, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has trained jurisdictions on strategies and policies to reduce the number of referrals to the juvenile justice system for school-based behaviors. The NCJFCJ has provided technical assistance to communities seeking to develop multidisciplinary teams to address school-justice issues, commonly referred to as School-Justice Partnerships (SJPs). A consistent lesson learned from …


Community Restorative Justice Is a Continuing Dialog

Sandra Pavelka, Doug Thomas

This article reviews the efforts at recent national forums to renew and reinvigorate the progress of community restorative justice. One effort to facilitate collaboration and resource and information-sharing for the field is a Web-based National Restorative Community Justice Forum to be hosted on the Website of the National Center for Juvenile Justice.

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