Academic journal article Journal of Juvenile Justice

Foreword

Academic journal article Journal of Juvenile Justice

Foreword

Article excerpt

Welcome to the fourth issue of the Journal of Juvenile Justice. For the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), this peer-reviewed journal provides a venue to engage the juvenile justice community in an ongoing dialogue about what works in juvenile justice and what is worth further examination or replication. Equally, we want to know what does not work and why, and encourage our partners in the field to test whether innovative programs and initiatives can improve on models already identified as evidence-based. Our goal is to ensure that sound theory underlies all our juvenile justice programming and that we continue to move the field forward by demonstrating how evidence can be successfully infused into policy and practice.

Before coming to OJJDP, I served as a trial lawyer at the Defender Association of Philadelphia for 27 years and as the chief of the Juvenile Unit for 16 years. It should come as little surprise that I bring to my job as OJJDP Administrator deep concerns about the daunting challenges that children who have entered the juvenile justice system face. If we are to help them successfully navigate the difficult process of growing up and become contributors to their communities, it is imperative that we examine the issues that hinder their potential and look to the latest science to discover how we can best help them.

In this issue, we continue to present articles that are informative and have practical application to those of us who work with youth. You will find articles on whether family-focused juvenile probation services effectively reduce recidivism, the strains on serious juvenile offenders adjusting to incarceration, and the one family, one judge model of decision making in juvenile dependency and delinquency cases. …

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