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Mental Health Screening Outcomes Among Justice-Involved Youths Under Community Supervision

Mental Health Screening Outcomes Among Justice-Involved Youths Under Community Supervision

By Warren A. Reich

In this study 812 youths arraigned on juvenile delinquency charges in New York City and placed under community supervision were screened for mental health disorders. Forty-eight percent of boys and 62% of girls flagged for possible mental health problems. The most frequently appearing flags, for mania and posttraumatic stress disorder, were comorbid with most other disorders. While youths who flagged on major depression, anxiety, or attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder were at higher risk for re-arrest, those who flagged for separation anxiety or suicidal ideation were actually less likely to be re-arrested. Published in the Journal of Offender Rehabilitation and available here.

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New York State’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court Model: Results from Four Recent Studies

New York State’s Integrated Domestic Violence Court Model: Results from Four Recent Studies

By Amanda Cissner, Sarah Picard-Fritsche and Michael Rempel

This article synthesizes findings from four recent studies examining the integrated domestic violence (IDV) court model. Based on a one family-one judge concept, the New York State court system has established more than 40 such courts across the state since 2001. These courts seek to achieve more informed judicial decision-making, fewer conflicting orders, improved service delivery to victims and their children, and a more efficient and comprehensible case processing system. Published in Domestic Violence Report.

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Domestic Violence Courts: A Multisite Test of Whether and How They Change Offender Outcomes

Domestic Violence Courts: A Multisite Test of Whether and How They Change Offender Outcomes

By Amanda Cissner, Melissa Labriola and Michael Rempel

This article reports findings from an investigation of 24 criminal domestic violence courts across New York State. Overall, the 24 courts achieved a modest positive impact in reducing recidivism among convicted domestic violence offenders. The 24 domestic violence courts also increased conviction rates and sentences involving jail or prison among male domestic violence defendants. Of final interest, court policies specifically designed to increase victim safety, hold offenders accountable, and reduce offender recidivism (through deterrence or rehabilitation) were instrumental in reducing recidivism. Published in Violence Against Women in 2015 and available at the following link: http://vaw.sagepub.com/content/early/2015/06/05/1077801215589231.abstract

 

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Families and the Courts: New Thinking podcasts on kids, parents, and the criminal justice system

Families and the Courts: New Thinking podcasts on kids, parents, and the criminal justice system

Can the justice system make a positive difference in a family? Can courts promote healthy relationships between parents and children? These New Thinking podcasts give inside views of innovations for youth and families involved in the justice system. Interviews with experts and practitioners on the front-lines of criminal justice research and reform address topics such as: youth courts and restorative justice; immigration and some of the complex familial issues non-citizen survivors of domestic violence face; the Adolescent Diversion Program, an initiative expanding the justice system's options for dealing with 16- and 17-year-old defendants; and the Parent Support Program, which helps non-custodial parents find employment and support their children.

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Adolescent Diversion Program:  The Court System Pilots a New Approach to Young Offenders

Adolescent Diversion Program: The Court System Pilots a New Approach to Young Offenders

NEW YORK, NY, March 1, 2012--In an effort to improve the judicial response to 16 and 17 year old offenders, the Center for Court Innovation is helping the New York State Court System pilot the Adolescent Diversion Program.

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Youth Justice Board Presents Recommendations on Permanency Planning

Youth Justice Board Presents Recommendations on Permanency Planning

The Center’s Youth Justice Board conducted a year-long study of New York City’s permanency planning process. The resulting report proposes 14 specific recommendations to improve the court experiences and outcomes for adolescents in foster care.

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Strengthening Communities: Mediation in Crown Heights

The Crown Heights Community Mediation Center follows a model of community-based mediation and uses it to address community conflict in Crown Heights. “Having a forum where [community members] can go to air their differences can relieve a lot of the tension that might otherwise build up,” Maureen O’Connor, a volunteer mediator, explained. “Even when the mediation session doesn’t end in a reconciliation, … it can diffuse a lot of antagonism.”

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