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Found 32 results for "Doug Thomas"
Evidence-Based Policies, Programs, and Practices in Juvenile Justice: Three States Achieving High Standards Through State Support Centers
Douglas Thomas, Nina Hyland, Teri Deal, Andrew Wachter, Samantha Zaleski
Evidence-Based Policies, Programs and Practices in Juvenile Justice (13 pages) provides case studies of three jurisdictions achieving high standards through state support centers. The jurisdictions were selected based on a 50-state survey of efforts to support evidence-based policies, programs and practices (EBPs) and selects examples that reflect an evolution toward greater sophistication and support for EBPs.
Drilling Down: Exploring Performance Measures to Improve Juvenile Justice
This Bulletin uses performance data collected from 10,718 juvenile probation cases closed between 2000 and 2006 by the Allegheny County Juvenile Probation Department located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to demonstrate the utility of juvenile justice outcome data beyond the report card. We have conducted an exploratory analysis of the outcome data from those cases to explore trends, identify outcome characteristics and generally ask some new questions that are raised by the outcomes of closed cases.
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.
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 …
Beyond the Report Card: An Exploratory Analysis of Outcomes from Probation Cases Closed in Allegheny County, PA (2000 to 2006)
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.
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.
An Assessment of Accountability Based Information Needs for the Allegheny County (PA) Juvenile Probation Department: Phase I Final Report
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 …
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.
Accountability Based Community (ABC) Interventions for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania: Final Report
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, …
A Vision, a Mission, and a Plan for Strategic Action in Washtenaw County, MI
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 …