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Initiative to Develop Juvenile Reentry Measurement Standards: Final Technical Report

NCJ Number
Kim Godfrey
Date Published
September 2019
132 pages
This report provides a set of reentry measurement standards to lead and promote reforms in juvenile reentry and the data needed to assess and monitor the quality of services delivered.
These standards are intended primarily for promulgation by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Justice Department in its promotion of reforms in juvenile reentry and the data needed to assess and monitor the quality of services delivered. The recommended standards and data-collection surveys provide a blueprint for nationwide improvement in juvenile justice policies and practices. This final report documents the project's work and describes the processes and considerations that produced the final 33 reentry standards and 161 measures recommended to OJJDP for implementation. The standards are presented under four areas: principles, practices, short-term outcomes, and long-term outcomes. Principles are overarching beliefs that guide agencies and organizations in all circumstances. The principles include fairness, accountability, family engagement, and collaboration. Practices describe an agency's reentry services that can be assessed at the program level to determine performance and quality of implementation. Short-term outcomes measure concepts, competencies, and resources that research has identified as affecting long-term outcomes such as reoffending. Long-term outcomes pertain to the efficiency and effectiveness of the entire juvenile justice system, from arrest through reentry. Next steps and strategies for national implementation of the standards are outlined. Extensive references from the literature review