Experts

Below, you’ll find organizations with expertise related to community-based alternatives to the juvenile justice system. The list is not exhaustive, but should be useful for those who wish to learn more.

+ Why We Need Alternatives

Adolescent Development

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: adolescent development, aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: adolescent development, diversion, family involvement, juvenile mental health, prevention, specialty treatment courts, systems of care

National Research Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on Law and Justice
Committee on Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform

Harm to Youth from Incarceration and Formal Juvenile Justice System Processing

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention alternatives, community-based alternatives, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Justice Policy Institute
Special expertise: child welfare, detention and confinement reform, diversion, fiscal strategies, mental health, school-to-prison pipeline, trauma

How Do We Keep the Community Safe?

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention alternatives, community-based alternatives, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: adolescent development, aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, systems of care, juvenile mental health court, prevention

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: diversion, evidence-based practices

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention, specialty courts, truancy

What is Most Cost-Effective?

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: cost effectiveness, diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention

+ Child Welfare

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown)
Special expertise: systems of care, collaboration

Child Welfare League of America
Special Expertise: child welfare, Juvenile Justice Systems Integration Initiative, mental health

National Center for Youth Law
Special expertise: child welfare, diversion, legal rights, community-based programs

National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Special expertise: substance abuse, substance use disorders, child welfare

National Indian Child Welfare Association
Special expertise: family involvement, child welfare, Native American youth

Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
Special Expertise: child welfare, cross-system collaboration, diversion

+ Diversion

Center for Children’s Law and Policy
Special expertise: detention reform, diversion, racial/ethnic fairness

Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice
Special expertise: diversion

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: detention reform, diversion, prevention, status offenses

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention reform, racial/ethnic fairness

Juvenile Law Center
Special expertise: diversion, competency, confidentiality, due process, self-incrimination

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, prevention, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Association of Drug Court Professionals
Special expertise: diversion, drug courts

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: adolescent development, diversion, family involvement, juvenile mental health, prevention, specialty treatment courts, systems of care

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, systems of care, juvenile mental health court, prevention

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Special expertise: diversion, legal rights, prevention, trauma, specialty courts

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: diversion, evidence-based practices

National Juvenile Defender Center
Special expertise: access to counsel, diversion, legal rights, juvenile defense bar standards, training resources for juvenile defenders

National Juvenile Justice Network
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, diversion, prevention

Pennsylvania Council of Chief Juvenile Probation Officers
Special expertise: aftercare, diversion, evidence-based practices, juvenile mental health, restorative justice

Reclaiming Futures
Special expertise: diversion, evidence-based practices

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention, specialty courts, truancy

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: cost effectiveness, diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention

W. Haywood Burns Institute for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: diversion, racial fairness (DMC)

+ Evidence-Based Practices

Advancing Evidence Based Practice

Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (Georgetown)
Special expertise: systems of care, collaboration

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative (JDAI)
Annie E. Casey Foundation
JDAI Help Desk
Special expertise: diversion, detention alternatives, community-based alternatives, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, community-based alternatives, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Center for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: prevalence, juvenile justice system data and research

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
Special expertise: trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Special expertise: trauma, evidence-based practices

National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Special expertise: risk assessment, community planning, conditions of confinement

National Youth Screening & Assessment Project
Special expertise: screening, assessment, risk assessment, MAYSI-2, detention reform, competency to stand trial

Technical Assistance Collaborative
Special expertise: health care, Medicaid, evidence-based practice, substance abuse

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: evidence-based practices, evidence-based programs, community-based alternatives, diversion, screening, assessment, juvenile drug courts

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: evidence-based treatment programs, evidence-based practices, cost effectiveness, community-based alternatives

+ Funding Community-Based Alternatives

The Council of State Governments
Justice Center
Special expertise: fiscal strategies

Justice Policy Institute
Special expertise: child welfare, detention and confinement reform, diversion, fiscal strategies, mental health, school-to-prison pipeline, trauma

National Juvenile Justice Network
Fiscal Policy Center
Special expertise: fiscal strategies

Technical Assistance Collaborative
Special expertise: financing and reimbursement strategies, policy and system design, strategic planning, program development and implementation

Vera Institute of Justice
Cost-Benefit Analysis Unit
Special expertise: fiscal strategies

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: cost effectiveness, diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention

Youth Law Center
Special expertise: detention and confinement reform, fiscal strategies

+ Prevention

Advancement Project
Special expertise: prevention, school-to-prison pipeline

Models for Change
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, evidence-based practices, juvenile indigent defense, prevention, racial/ethnic fairness (DMC)

National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL)
Special expertise: aftercare, comprehensive reform, diversion, systems of care, juvenile mental health court, prevention

National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Special expertise: diversion, legal rights, prevention, trauma, specialty courts

National Juvenile Justice Network
Special expertise: comprehensive reform, diversion, prevention

U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Special expertise: diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention, specialty courts, truancy

Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP)
Special expertise: cost effectiveness, diversion, evidence-based practices, prevention

+ Diverting Youth Who Commit Status Offenses

Coalition for Juvenile Justice
Special expertise: detention reform, diversion, prevention, status offenses

Vera Institute of Justice
Center on Youth Justice
Special expertise: status offender system reform, detention reform, placement reform, developing and sharing juvenile justice system data

+ Trauma-Informed Care

National Center for Trauma-Informed Care
Special expertise: trauma

National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Special expertise: trauma, evidence-based practices

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
For the SAMHSA page on trauma and justice, click here
Special expertise: substance abuse, trauma, evidence-based practices, prevalence, co-occurring disorders