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Studies and Reports

Campaign for Youth Justice – State Trends: Legislative Victories from 2005 to 2010 Removing Youth from the Adult Criminal Justice System

Justice Policy Institute – The Costs of Confinement: Why Good Juvenile Justice Policies Make Good Fiscal Sense
May 2009

ACLU – A Looming Crisis
December 2008

ACLU – Locking up Our Children
May 2008

NCCD Report – Attitudes of U.S. Voters toward Youth Crime and the Justice System
February 2007

Justice Policy Institute – The Dangers of Detention: The Impact of Incarcerating Youth in Detention and Other Secure Facilities
November 2006

Criminal Justice Institute/Children's Law Center – Do You Know Where the Children Are?
September 2006



American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)

The ACLU seeks to preserve constitutional rights and extend those rights to society's most vulnerable members, including minorities and children. Within the larger issue of criminal justice, the ACLU works on juvenile justice issues and provides information on its ongoing projects. One of its juvenile justice projects is an extensive report on disproportionate minority contact in Massachusetts. The webpage also features articles, legislation and press releases relating to juvenile justice.

American Bar Association Juvenile Justice Committee

The Juvenile Justice Committee is dedicated to monitoring the legislative, fiscal, policy, and administrative changes in the juvenile justice system while providing training, assistance, information and advocacy to members of the juvenile justice network. The website features articles on various aspects of juvenile justice, including the juvenile death penalty and links to newspaper articles.

Annie E. Casey Foundation

The primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today's vulnerable children and families. The website features information about the foundation’s many projects and initiatives, including KIDS COUNT and the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI). KIDS COUNT is a national and state-by-state effort to track the status of children in the U.S. and provide this information to lawmakers and citizens in an attempt to enrich the national discussion about how to best secure a better future for all children. JDAI was created 1992 to demonstrate that jurisdictions can establish more effective and efficient systems to accomplish the purposes of juvenile detention.

Campaign for Youth Justice

The Campaign for Youth Justice is a national organization dedicated to ending the practice of trying, sentencing, and incarcerating children under the age of 18.

Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP)

CCLP is a national organization dedicated to public interest law and policy. The organization focuses on reforming the juvenile justice system and other systems that affect troubled and at-risk children and the protection of their rights.

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice (CJCJ)

CJCJ is a non-profit organization established to promote juvenile and criminal justice policies that reduce incarceration and promote long-term public safety. CJCJ provides direct services, technical assistance and policy research in the criminal justice field. The website feature articles on various juvenile justice topics and provides information on CJCJ’s services and programs.

Children’s Defense Fund (CDF)

The CDF aims to serve as a voice for America ’s children, who cannot vote, lobby, and speak for themselves. CDF’s Education and Youth Development Division educates communities about factors that contribute to violence and offers strategies to help keep children from harm. The aim is to teach children to avoid trouble, protect them from violence, and ensure a safe and productive learning environment. The website features a fact sheet on juvenile justice, current articles on the topic and links to other juvenile justice resources.

Child Welfare League of America

The Child Welfare League of America is a nonprofit organization that develops and promotes child advocacy programs and policies. The League includes more than 1,100 public and private agencies and offers employee training and consulting services. The website features information on the latest Congressional activity involving juvenile justice, action alerts, letters and juvenile justice background data.

Coalition for Juvenile Justice (CJJ)

CJJ is a member-based national nonprofit association that strives to build safe communities one child at a time. Headquartered in Washington DC, CJJ develops and implements innovative strategies to promote delinquency prevention, to improve the treatment of young offenders, and to uphold public safety.

Fight Crime: Invest in Kids

Fight Crime is a bipartisan, nonprofit anti-crime organization led by police chiefs, sheriffs, prosecutors, victims of violence, and leaders of police officer associations. The group’s mission is to critically evaluate research about what programs help prevent criminal activity in youth and then put that information into the hands of policy-makers and the public. The organization advocates for additional state and federal money for programs that help kids get a good start in life, which helps prevent later criminal activity. The website features news releases and information on how to get involved.

Justice Policy Institute (JPI)

JPI is a non-profit research and a public policy organization dedicated to ending society’s reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems. The website features publications on various justice related topics, including information about confronting racial disparities in the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Law Center

The Juvenile Law Center, located in Philadelphia, works to advance the rights and well- being of children involved with public agencies by working for the reform and coordination of the child welfare, juvenile justice, mental health and public health system. The website features extensive information on recent legal developments, research, and publications, in addition to general information on child welfare and mental health issues.

MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice

The Research Network’s goal is to enrich the debate surrounding the reexamination of the juvenile justice system through the critical analysis of juvenile justice policies and practices, and through new research on adolescent development and juvenile justice, which the Network communicates to policy-makers, practitioners, journalists, and other social scientists and legal scholars. The website features information on the Network’s past and current research projects.

Mental Health America (MHA)

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association), works to improve the mental health of all Americans, especially the 54 million people with mental disorders, through advocacy, education, research and service. The website includes information about MHA’s Justice for Juveniles program, which seeks to highlight the critical unmet needs of the hundreds of thousands of young people with mental health and substance abuse problems caught up in America’s juvenile justice system.

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

NACDL advances the mission of the nation’s criminal defense lawyers, including juvenile defense lawyers, to ensure justice and due process for persons accused of crime or other misconduct. The site is designed as both an open forum for the discussion of criminal justice policies and practice as well as a private online service for members of NACDL.

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

The National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice strives to develop improved policies and programs for youth with mental health disorders in contact with the juvenile justice system, based on the best available research and practice. The website provides research publications, program briefs, training curricula, e-newsletters, and a resource kit with a compilation of information on the current and pertinent issues facing the juvenile justice and mental health systems.

National Center for Youth Law (NCYL)

NCYL Law is a private, non-profit law office serving the legal needs of children and their families. NCYL engages in many forms of advocacy, including publishing materials related to juvenile law, providing technical assistance and training, assisting legal advocates in representation of poor children, and administrative and legislative advocacy. The website contains news links and information about NCYL publications.

National Center on Education, Disability and Juvenile Justice (EDJJ)

The EDJJ was created in response to the problem of the overrepresentation of youths with learning, behavioral, and emotional disabilities in correction and detention facilities. In addressing this growing problem, the center conducts research, policy analysis, trainings, and technical assistance activities, all of which aim to minimize the involvement of youth with disabilities in the juvenile justice system, and change perceptions about these youths capacity for achievement and success. The website features information on the center’s training programs, links to relevant agencies, full-text reports on the center’s research, and reports and articles created by other groups.

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

NCJFCJ was founded by a group of judges dedicated to improving the effectiveness of the nation’s juvenile courts. Through training, technical assistance and programs, the NCJFCJ assists judges and juvenile justice professionals in finding better ways to control and prevent juvenile delinquency. Most of the organization’s publications are available for download from the website, including its Juvenile Delinquency Guidelines (2005), a book of best practices.

National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD)

NCCD is a nonprofit organization that promotes effective, humane, fair and economically sound solutions to family, community and justice problems. NCCD conducts research, promotes reform initiatives, and seeks to work with individuals, public and private organizations and the media to prevent and reduce crime and delinquency.

National Disability Rights Network (NDRN)

The NDRN is a nonprofit membership organization for the Protection and Advocacy (P&A) Systems and Client Assistance Programs (CAP) for individuals with disabilities. Through training and technical assistance, legal support, and legislative advocacy, this network acts as the largest provider of legally based advocacy services to people with disabilities in the United States.

National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC)

NJDC aims to help juvenile defense attorneys address practice issues, improve advocacy skills, build partnerships, exchange information, and participate in the national debate over juvenile crime. In short, the organization strives to guarantee all children their right to quality representation.

National Juvenile Justice Network (NJJN)

NJJN enhances the capacity of statewide juvenile justice coalitions (like CfJJ) to advocate for fair, equitable, and developmentally appropriate adjudication and treatment for all children, youth and families involved in the juvenile justice system. NJJN includes organizations from over 30 states and hopes to expand its roster of members to include all fifty states, the U.S territories, and the District of Columbia .

Physicians for Human Rights

Physicians for Human Rights promotes health by protecting human rights. Through its Health and Justice for Youth Project, Physicians for Human Rights mobilizes health professionals to advocate for the rights of young people in the juvenile and criminal justice systems and engages in research that advances their protection.

The Sentencing Project

The Sentencing Project is a non-profit organization that promotes reduced reliance on incarceration and increased use of more effective and humane alternatives to deal with crime. It is a nationally recognized source of criminal justice policy analysis, data, and program information. The website features a section on children prosecuted in adult criminal court.

Vera Institute of Justice

The Vera Institute of Justice works closely with leaders in government and civil society to improve safety and justice services. The website features information about these ongoing research projects, including Vera’s extensive research on institutions for youth.

Voices for America’s Children

Formerly the National Association of Child Advocates, Voices is a nonpartisan, national organization committed to speaking out for the well being of children at the federal, state and local levels of government. Since 1984, Voices has supported child advocates nationwide who have achieved public policy victories for children in early education, health, juvenile justice, child welfare, tax and budget decisions and other areas. The website outlines the current policy goals of the network and lists the children’s advocacy organizations that support the current agenda.


Federal Government

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)

This is the official website for the FBI. The website provides crime statistics and FBI reports on issues such as gang violence and school shootings.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)

A division of the U.S. Department of Justice , OJJDP provides resources to prevent and respond to juvenile delinquency and victimization. OJJDP supports states and local communities in their efforts to develop and implement effective and coordinated prevention and intervention programs and improve the juvenile justice system. The website provides information on new publications, conferences, funding opportunities, and facts about the juvenile justice system.

US Department of Justice: Justice for Kids and Youth

This website provides information on different aspects of justice for children K-12. The site is easy to navigate and lets kids learn about a wide array of justice-related issues. Covered topics include how to fight crime, the history of civil rights, and an explanation of what to expect in a courtroom.


CfJJ Reports

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