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A Handbook for Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Systems

A Handbook for Evidence-Based Juvenile Justice Systems promotes a comprehensive strategy for reducing criminal careers of serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders, including gang members, in an approach that is supported by current research. A step-by-step blueprint is provided for interrupting these offender's criminal careers with a combination of effective intervention programs and graduated sanctions in a research-based, data-driven, and outcome-focused approach.
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Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Research with Important Implications for Juvenile Justice Practice Chapter 3: A Comprehensive Strategy for Evidence-based Juvenile Justice Practice Chapter 4: Effective Evidence-based Prevention and Intervention Programs for Juvenile Offenders Chapter 5: The Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol Chapter 6: Initiating and Sustaining Evidence-based Practice Chapter 7: Eight Key Administrative Tools that Support Evidence-based Programming Chapter 8: Conclusion Appendix: Needed Juvenile Justice System Reforms

About the Author

James C. (Buddy) Howell is partner in Comprehensive Strategies for Juvenile Justice and an experienced juvenile justice and youth gang researcher. Mark W. Lipsey is director of the Peabody Research Institute at Vanderbilt University, where he is also research professor in the Department of Human and Organizational Development. John J. Wilson is partner in Comprehensive Strategies for Juvenile Justice and has taught courses in the legal rights of children, juvenile justice, and family law.


The authors shine a welcome light on the sometimes-murky question of evidence-based practice in the juvenile justice system. For students and academics, this handbook provides a cutting-edge distillation of current research. For policymakers and practitioners, it clears up much of the confusion surrounding evidence-based practice and offers a practical guide for improving outcomes and reducing costs. -- Rob Lubitz, Juvenile Justice and Criminal Justice Consulting A Handbook for Evidence-based Juvenile Justice Systems is a game-changer for both researchers and practitioners. The authors provide a soup-to-nuts strategy for juvenile justice system reform, moving the conversation from whether a particular program is 'evidence-based' to providing a continuum of intervention options evaluated as they are actually implemented, with strategies for continuous improvement. The research-to-practice gap has been officially bridged by this blueprint to providing the right service, to the right youth, at the right time, with the right quality, and in the right dosage. Truly a juvenile justice administrator's dream. -- Michael Baglivio, Florida Department of Juvenile Justice This comprehensive handbook is a 'must-read' for any juvenile justice professional seeking to implement evidence-based programs and practices. -- Keith Snyder, Juvenile Court Judges' Commission, Pennsylvania Judicial Center If one wants to be smart about reducing crime, this highly informative book is essential reading. -- Rolf Loeber, University of Pittsburgh

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