Found 32 results for "Doug Thomas"

 Year  Title
2017 

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 …

2016 

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.

2015 

When Systems Collaborate: How Three Jurisdictions Improved their Handling of Dual-Status Cases

Douglas Thomas, Gene Siegel , Andrew Wachter , Teri Deal , Anne Rackow , Lauren Vessels, Gregg Halemba, Hunter Hurst

When Systems Collaborate (19 pages) provides case studies of three jurisdictions trying to coordinate information and services to youth with dual-status in both the juvenile justice and child welfare systems. The jurisdictions were selected based on a 50-state survey of efforts to coordinate data and services to dual status youth and selects examples that provide starting places for developing solutions on a complex reform issue. The first example focuses on delinquency referral intake …

2011 

Implementing Effective Case Management Strategies: A Guide for Probation Administrators

Doug Thomas, Patricia Torbet, Teri Deal

This Special Projects Bulletin is designed to assist juvenile probation administrators to customize policies and procedures, establish decision-making guidelines, develop instruments and forms, and other resources for the purpose of developing and implementing effective case management practices in the context of local court/probation culture and statewide juvenile justice goals. The strategies discussed in this guide were developed and tested collaboratively by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) and four Pennsylvania counties-Allegheny, Cambria, Lehigh and …

2011 

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.

2008 

Drilling Down: Exploring Performance Measures to Improve Juvenile Justice

Doug Thomas

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.

2008 

Making Things Right: Meaningful Community Service for Juvenile Offenders

Doug Thomas, Mary Hunninen

This Bulletin defines and describes community service, makes a distinction between voluntary community service and mandated community service, and addresses the effectiveness of community service. Three jurisdictions are highlighted - Clark County, Washington, Deschutes County, OR and Lehigh County, PA.

2008 

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.

2006 

Executive Summary: Process Evaluation of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services' Aftercare Program

Carl McCurley, Anne Stahl, Doug Thomas

This is an executive summary of the process evaluation of the aftercare services program of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Juvenile Justice Services (BJJS), prepared by the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) for the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency. NCJJ evaluated the design and implementation of the new BJJS program for aftercare service delivery, transformed in January 2005 from a treatment model to a case management model. The new model provides services at disposition, …

2006 

How Does the Juvenile Justice System Measure Up? Applying Performance Measures in Five Jurisdictions

Doug Thomas

This Special Project Bulletin presents a case for measuring and reporting juvenile justice system performance outcomes and a field-tested strategy for collecting and reporting juvenile justice outcome measures. The performance measures presented in the Bulletin are predicated on the goals and measurable objectives of balanced and restorative justice. The experiences of five disparate jurisdictions are used to illustrate that it is both possible and useful to measure juvenile justice system performance for individuals, agencies, and …

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