Reports: Juveniles

Minnesota Kids Count Data Book
Annie E. Casey Foundation, October 2017, 52 pp.
Snapshot of data on 10 indicators of child well-being in Minnesota. The state is ranked on each indicator and compared to previous years. Data are also provided by region.   more info >

North Dakota KIDS COUNT Fact Book
North Dakota KIDS COUNT, October 2017, 219 pp.
Provides North Dakota state, region, and county-level data on child well-being, including demographics, family and community, economic well-being, education and early care, health, and safety and risky behaviors.   more info >

Hennepin County Children's Mental Health Collaborative
Wilder Research, September 2016
The Hennepin County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (HCCMHC) focuses on juvenile justice, uninsured/underinsured youth, primary care, school-based mental health services, parent involvement, culturally-responsive initiatives, early childhood, and parent leadership.   more info >

Safe Harbor
Wilder Research, December 2015, 13 pp.
With the support of the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and the Minnesota Department of Health, Wilder Research evaluated the implementation of the Safe Harbor Law and No Wrong Door model, which address how children who are exploited for commercial sex are treated.   more info >

Evaluation of Radius: A Program for Justice-Involved Girls in the Twin Cities
Wilder Research, December 2015, 73 pp.
Radius, a Volunteers of America-Minnesota program, is a gender-responsive program for girls in the juvenile justice system. The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention funded an evaluation of the program.   more info >

Children in the States Factsheets
Children's Defense Fund, October 2015
Fact sheets for each state that provide basic stats and rankings regarding poverty, health, hunger, child welfare, early childhood development, education and youth at risk.   more info >

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Youth in the Juvenile Justice System
The Annie E. Casey Foundation, September 2015, 52 pp.
This guide highlights best practices that juvenile justice facilities can implement to advance the safety and well-being of LGBT youth.   more info >

The School Discipline Consensus Report: Strategies from the Field to Keep Students Engaged in School and Out of the Juvenile Justice System
The Council of State Governments Justice Center, June 2014, 461 pp.
Based on input from an array of stakeholders, this report presents policies, recommendations, and promising practices to keep students in school and out of the court system. Major sections of the report address the conditions for learning, behavioral interventions, and school-police partnerships.   more info >

How Effective is Correctional Education, and Where Do We Go From Here?
RAND, June 2014, 177 pp.
Includes a study on the effectiveness of correctional education programs for incarcerated adults, a review of correctional education programs for juveniles, the perspectives of state correctional education directors, and recommendations for improvements to further the field of correctional education.   more info >

Preventing Youth Violence: Opportunities for Action
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2014, 54 pp.
This resource summarizes what we currently know about youth violence--the health consequences, trends, disparities, causes, costs, and prevention strategies. This resource outlines important strategies for youth violence prevention that are based on strong evidence and experience. It includes examples of specific programs and activities that have been found to be effective.   more info >

Young Offenders: What Happens and What Should Happen
U.S. Department of Justice, February 2014, 3 pp.
This brief report examines policies that affect young offenders who cross over from the juvenile to the criminal justice system.   more info >

Back to the Future: Volume 1: Thirty Years of Minnesota Juvenile Justice Data, 1980-2010
Minnesota Department of Public Safety, September 2013, 81 pp.
Minnesota data on juvenile arrest numbers and rates, juvenile court activity, out-of-home placements, and probation. Includes racial disparity data.   more info >

Highlights of the 2011 National Youth Gang Survey
U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, September 2013, 4 pp.
Overview of the nation's gang problem, including prevalence of gang problems and factors influencing local gang violence.   more info >

Making Detention Reform Work for Girls
Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative, Annie E. Casey Foundation, August 2013, 88 pp.
Discusses the challenges facing local juvenile justice systems in improving their approaches to girls in the detention process and provides a guide to developing a work plan for improving the process.   more info >

Crime and Safety Surveys
National Center for Education Statistics, June 2013, 176 pp.
Presents national data on crime and safety in schools from the perspectives of students, teachers, principals, and school districts.   more info >

The Comeback States: Reducing Youth Incarceration in the United States
National Juvenile Justice Network, Texas Public Policy Foundation, June 2013, 54 pp.
Presents national juvenile incarceration trends and discusses the effects of state juvenile justice policies.   more info >

On the level: Disproportionate minority contact in Minnesota's juvenile justics system
Department of Public Safety Office of Justics Programs, October 2012, 76 pp.
This report describes factors known to contribute to racial disparities in the justice system as well as recommended aspects of DMC reduction strategies. It also summarizes Minnesota’s response to evidence of racial disparities in the system and makes suggestions for strengthening the state response to DMC.   more info >

Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, June 2012, 162 pp.
National survey that monitors six categories of health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults (grades 9-12). The study addresses violence, tobacco and drug use, sexual behaviors, dietary behaviors, and physical activity. Includes state-by-state comparisons.   more info >

Notorious to notable: The crucial role of the philanthropic community in transforming the juvenile justice system in Washington, D.C.
The Campaign for Youth Justice, December 2011, 36 pp.
Highlights the ways that the philanthropic community aided the transformation of Washington D.C.'s juvenile justice system.   more info >

Breaking barriers 2: Plotting the path away from juvenile detention and toward academic success for school-age African American males
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, April 2011, 90 pp.
Summarizes the literature and analyzes survey responses from a spectrum of school-age black males to provide information and implications for policy and practice in the areas of reducing suspensions and disciplinary referrals, preventing delinquency, eliminating gang activity in schools, returning to school from juvenile detention, and reducing drug-related arrests.   more info >

The state of black children & families: Black perspectives on what black children face and what the future holds
Children's Defense Fund, January 2011, 25 pp.
Presents Black adults' and children's views on the circumstances facing their community and perceptions of what the future holds for Black children growing up today, based on a nationwide survey and focus groups.   more info >

Minnesota student survey, 1992-2010 trends: Behaviors, attitudes and perceptions of Minnesota's 6th, 9th and 12th graders
Minnesota Departments of Education, Health, Human Services and Public Safety, December 2010, 52 pp.
This report identifies trends in the prevalence of behaviors and attitudes of young people, based on 21 years of data from the Minnesota Student Survey. It highlights key indicators across many areas of interest, including: academics and school connectedness, school safety and violence, mental health, ATOD, sexual behavior and family structure.   more info >

Why they run: An In-depth look at America's runaway youth
National Runaway Switchboard, May 2010, 19 pp.
Examines a range of factors in the lives of runaway youth including family dynamics before leaving, demographics, how they get by, what caused them to leave home, and knowledge of available services. The report is based on ten years of data from the National Runaway Switchboard's Crisis Caller Trends report and interviews with youth.   more info >

Juvenile justice system decision points study: Strategies to improve Minnesota's juvenile justice data
Minnesota Department of Public Safety, February 2010, 132 pp.
An in-depth exploration of Minnesota systems to collect juvenile justice data. Includes activities that could improve the availability and quality of information.   more info >

Reducing the teen death rate
Annie E. Casey Foundation, July 2009, 15 pp.
This brief offers broad strategies that address the underlying causes of the nation’s high teen mortality rates and the three leading causes of teen death—motor vehicle accidents, homicide, and suicide.   more info >

Youth in Minnesota correctional facilities: Responses to the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey
Minnesota Department of Public Safety Office of Justice Programs, July 2009, 55 pp.
Examines how youth in correctional facilities who took the 2007 Minnesota Student Survey responded differently than students from the mainstream student population to questions about attitudes, behaviors, and health indicators. Differences between the two student groups can highlight the challenges youth in correctional facilities are facing that might have contributed to their out-of-home placement.   more info >

Juvenile arrests 2007
U.S. Department of Justice, April 2009, 12 pp.
Summarizes juvenile arrest rates based on data that local law enforcement agencies report to the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting Program. The report includes data on the extent and nature of juvenile crime and characteristics of the juveniles involved.   more info >

Online "predators" and their victims: Myths, realities and implications for prevention and treatment
American Psychologicial Association, February 2008, 18 pp.
Provides information about the characteristics and prevalence of Internet-initiated sex crimes, recommending effective responses and highlighting areas for further research.   more info >

Increasing school attendance for K-8 students: A review of research examining the effectiveness of truancy prevention programs
Wilder Research, March 2007, 25 pp.
A literature review of truancy prevention and intervention research.   more info >

Detention reform: An effective public safety strategy
Annie E. Casey Foundation, January 2007, 4 pp.
Description of the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative's core strategies and how it reduces crime.   more info >

A blueprint for Change: Improving the system response to youth with mental health needs involved with the juvenile justice system
National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, May 2006, 12 pp.
Discusses the prevalence of mental health disorders among youth in the juvenile justice system, presents a framework for juvenile justice and mental health systems to use, and provides program examples.   more info >

Domestic violence and children's mental health
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health, March 2005, 2 pp.
Research indicates that children exposed to domestic violence may experience higher rates of depression, anxiety, aggressive behavior, and academic problems. Discuss the results of a study of 40,636 children entering the Illinois domestic violence service system over a five-year period.   more info >

Risk factors for delinquency : an overview
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, November 2003, 11 pp.
Defines risk factors and protective factors, explains why they are important, and discusses some of the major factors linked to delinquency and violence.   more info >

Aftercare services
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, August 2003, 31 pp.
Focuses on aftercare programs provided to youth after leaving the juvenile justice system. Includes a discussion of effective intervention approaches, aftercare and system change, and promising aftercare programs.   more info >

From incarceration to community : challenges and factors associated with success in transition
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health, February 2003, 2 pp.
Summarizes an article on juvenile offenders' transition from incarceration to community. The study looked at the community adjustment of youth for 12 months following incarceration.   more info >

Prevalence of psychiatric disorders in youth in juvenile detention
Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children's Mental Health, January 2003, 2 pp.
The authors conducted a comprehensive psychiatric analysis of youth in juvenile detention to determine their mental health needs.   more info >

Violent victimization as a risk factor for violent offending among juveniles
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, November 2002, 11 pp.
This bulletin analyzes the relationship between juvenile violent victimization and offending. It includes risk and protective factors for victimization and offending.   more info >

Bullying prevention is crime prevention
Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, November 2002, 24 pp.
The prevalence of bullying, effects of bullying, and proven bullying prevention programs.   more info >

Approaches to truancy prevention
Vera Institute of Justice, September 2002, 14 pp.
In order to identify effective approaches to truancy prevention, the researchers conducted a survey of programs across the country. They present three types of programs: 1) early prevention programs, 2) programs designed to assist truant students that would otherwise be referred by their schools to family court, and 3) programs designed to address truant students against whom status offender petitions have already been filed and who are at risk of detention and placement.   more info >

Preventing and reducing school violence fact sheets
Prevention Institute : Oakland, CA, August 2001, 33 pp.
Set of eight school violence prevention fact sheets.   more info >

Best practices of youth violence prevention: A sourcebook for community action
National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, September 2000, 216 pp.
Looks at the effectiveness of youth violence prevention practices in four areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring.   more info >

Truancy reduction efforts: A best practices review
State of Wisconsin Legislative Audit Bureau, July 2000, 39 pp.
A best practices review of truancy reduction efforts in Wisconsin public schools. Sections include: causes and effects of truancy, schools' efforts to reduce truancy, municipal responses to truancy, and truancy abatement centers.   more info >

Effective intervention for serious juvenile offenders
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, April 2000, 8 pp.
A meta-analysis of programs that work to reduce recidivism of serious juvenile offenders.   more info >

Pathways to juvenile detention reform
Annie E. Casey Foundation, January 1999, 32 pp.
A series of reports that provides information for understanding and implementing juvenile detention reform.   more info >

Multisystemic Therapy for juvenile offfenders (a treatment targeting multiple factors linked to anti-social juvenile behavior)
Coalition for Evidence-based Policy, November -0001
Provides a description of Multisystemic Therapy and evidence for its effectiveness in decreasing criminal behavior by juvenile offenders.   more info >

Web sites

The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database
"Contains summaries of more than 160,000 criminal justice publications, including Federal, State, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research." You can also search the NCJRS Virtual Library, a collection of more than 7,000 full-text publications.   more info >

The Campbell Collaboration
International collaboration that is compiling a database of effective programs and practices in the areas of crime and justice, education and social welfare.   more info >

Social Programs That Work
This site summarizes the findings from well-designed randomized controlled trials. It includes programs in the areas of early childhood, education, substance abuse and treatment, mental health, crime and violence prevention, employment and welfare, and more.   more info >

Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice Fairness & Equity
Presents data on disparities in the juvenile justice system. Data are available by state.   more info >

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