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 OJJ continuously seeks to improve programs and services to youth through relevant research, training, and program evaluation. The agency has made a commitment to utilize treatment interventions that have the proven ability to help youth acknowledge accountability, learn pro-social attitudes and behaviors and avoid risky thinking and actions. Research indicates that the most efficient and effective way to accomplish this goal is through the implementation of evidence-based programming/interventions. The resources listed below have been used to make some of these improvements.




Center for Juvenile Justice Reform."Addressing the Unmet Educational Needs of Children and Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems" Dr. Peter Leone and Dr Lois Weinberg (2012)


NDTAC National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center for the Education of Children and Youth Who Are Neglected, Delinquent, or At-Risk.


Juvenile Justice Information Exchange. "Notion that 'Kids are Different' Takes Hold in Youth Justice Policy Reform"


NDTAC The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center. "Providing Individually Tailored Academic and Behavioral Support Services for Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems" (2012)


NDTAC The National Evaluation and Technical Assistance Center. "Improving Educational Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice and Child Welfare Systems Through Interagency Communication and Collaboration" (2011)  


The National Academies' National Research Council has released "Reforming Juvenile Justice: A Developmental Approach." The report presents the findings of a 2-year independent study of the juvenile justice system commissioned by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Researchers examined recent advances in behavioral and neuroscience research with regard to adolescent development and offending and recommend that this scientific knowledge be incorporated into juvenile justice reform efforts nationwide.


Well-Meaning Programs Can Have Harmful Effects!  Lessons From Experiments of Programs Such as Scared Straight by Anthony Petrosino, Carolyn Turpin-Petrosino, James O. Finckenauer, CRIME & DE LINQUENCY, Vol. 46 No. 3, July 2000 354-379, © 2000 Sage Publications, Inc.


 Greenwood, P. (January, 2010). Preventing and reducing youth crime and violence using evidence-based practices. State of California, Governor’s Office of Gang and Youth Violence Policy.  Retrieved from

Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators.  Position statement: "Outcome-Based Investments in Juvenile Justice Programs" (2009, October 2). Retrieved from


 Harris, P.W., Lockwood, B., & Mengers, L. (2009). A CJCA white paper: "Defining and measuring recidivism" [White paper]. Retrieved from

 Latessa, Edward J. (2006). "Effectiveness of Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for Youthful Offenders" - review of research. In B. Glick Cognitive Behavioral Interventions for At-Risk Youth (pp. 14-1 – 14-18). Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Latessa, E.J. & Lowenkamp, C.T. (2006). "What Works in Reducing Recidivism" University of St. Thomas Law Journal Vol3:3 2006, 521-535.

Latessa, E.J. & Lowenkamp, C.T. (2005). "What are Criminogenic Needs and Why are They Important" For the Record 4th Quarter 2005: 15-16.

Latessa, Edward J. (2004). The Challenge of Change: "Correctional Programs and Evidence-Based Practices" Criminology & Public Policy, Volume 3 Number 4, PP 547-560.

 Lowenkamp, C.T. & Latessa, EJ. (2004). "Understanding the Risk Principle: How and Why Correctional Interventions can Harm Low-Risk Offenders" Topics in Community Corrections - 2004, pp. 3-8. 


 Pealer, J.A. & Latessa, EJ. (2004). "Applying the Principles of Effective Intervention to Juvenile Correctional Programs" Corrections Today, December 2004, pp 26-29.

O’Conner, T., Sawyer, B., et al (September, 2003). A country-wide approach to increasing programme effectiveness is possible: "Oregon's Experience with the Correctional Program Checklist".  Irish Probation Journal, Volume 5, pp. 36-46.





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