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Less Crime for Less Money | reducing unnecessary and harmful court processing for children & youth
November 2016

Less Crime for Less Money examines the current state of Massachusetts' pre-arraignment diversion options, the best practices as identified by the best available evidence, and our recommendations to enhance public safety, improve youth outcomes all while saving taxpayers dollars.



Missed Opportunities: Preventing Youth in the Child Welfare System from Entering the Juvenile Justice System
September 2015

Missed Opportunities examines children who "cross over" from the child welfare system into the juvenile justice system. This review found that within the child welfare system, the children who eventually had juvenile justice involvement had significantly different experiences from those who did not. These findings present opportunities to intervene, and incorporate different policies and programs that can prevent these children’s juvenile justice involvement.


Unlocking Potential: Addressing the overuse of juvenile detention in Massachusetts
March 2014

Unlocking Potential, a CfJJ report released in March 2014, highlights why detention is harmful to kids, whom we detain, and which alternatives to detention are working well in Massachusetts. It also calls attention to work that still needs to be done, including the need to expand models already being developed at the local level to reduce juvenile incarceration around the Commonwealth.


DataPoints: Current Trends
December 2013

CfJJ continues its DataPoints series with the latest release, Current Trends, which highlights multi-year downward trends at several key points in the Massachusetts juvenile justice system: arrest, court processing, pre-trial detention, and post-adjudication commitment to the Department of Youth Services (DYS). This report also provides an overview of the age, race and ethnicity, and gender of youth in our system, offering a glimpse of the thousands of teens who travel through our juvenile court system each year.


DataPoints: Who does the Massachusetts juvenile justice system serve?
December 2012

The 2012 DataPoints publication, Who does the Massachusetts juvenile justice system serve?, provides a snapshot of the youth who come into contact with this system. The DataPoints series compiles the most current data from the juvenile justice in Massachusetts to support an informed dialogue among policymakers and the public about the state of our juvenile justice system - who it serves, where it is functioning best, and where it needs to improve.


Arrested Futures: The Criminalization of School Discipline in Massachusetts’s Three Largest School Districts | CfJJ & ACLU
Spring 2012

Arrested Futures, a report by Citizens for Juvenile Justice in partnership with the American Civil Liberties Union, examines school-based arrests at Massachusetts’ three largest school districts – Boston, Springfield and Worcester – and evaluates which students are being arrested and why. Report authors reviewed years of arrest data from these districts, including both numerical data and written reports from arresting officers, to determine the number, rate, and nature of the behavior that lead to the arrests. These findings are an important addition to existing research examining the “school-to-prison pipeline,” showing that students are being frequently arrested for minor, disruptive behavior that could be better addressed by school administrators.


December 2011

CfJJ's December 2011 publication, DataPoints, compiles the most current data from police, courts, probation, and the Department of Youth Services (DYS) to paint a broad picture of how Massachusetts is serving some of its most vulnerable children and youth: those who are involved in our juvenile justice system. CfJJ hopes the report is the first step in starting an informed dialogue about how best to improve our system, so that it is both fair and effective.



Minor Transgressions, Major Consequences: A picture of 17-year-olds in the Massachusetts criminal justice system
December 2011

Minor Trangressions, Major Consequences examines Massachusetts' policy of sending all 17-year-olds accused of a crime to the adult criminal justice system, a practice that makes kids more likely to reoffend and threatens their safety.The report points to numerous national studies that find youth sent to the adult system are more likely to reoffend and to escalate to more serious crimes than those in the juvenile system. Research also shows that minors held in adult facilities are at high risk of committing suicide and of being physically or sexually assaulted. In the report, Massachusetts teens recount being strip searched in adult facilities and learning to look up to adults imprisoned for serious crimes, including murder.


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