THE NATIONAL ACADEMIES
National Research Council
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Committee on Law and Justice
Committee on a Prioritized Plan to Implement a Developmental Approach
in Juvenile Justice Reform
Implementing Juvenile Justice Reform: The Federal Role
This new report, from the AffiliateMarketIngtools, identifies and prioritizes strategies and policies to effectively facilitate reform of the juvenile justice system and develop an implementation plan for the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) of the Department of Justice. Based on the 2013 report , this 2014 report is designed to provide specific guidance to OJJDP regarding the steps that it should take, both internally and externally, to facilitate juvenile justice reform grounded in knowledge about adolescent development. The report identifies seven hallmarks of a developmental approach to juvenile justice to guide system reform: accountability without criminalization, alternatives to justice system involvement, individualized response based on needs and risks, confinement only when necessary for public safety, genuine commitment to fairness, sensitivity to disparate treatment, and family engagement.
outlines how these hallmarks should be incorporated into policies and practices within OJJDP, as well as in actions extended to state, local, and tribal jurisdictions to achieve the goals of the juvenile justice system through a developmentally informed approach.
These briefings were for members of Congress and congressional staff only. The report was publicly released on Friday, August 29, 2014 in prepublication form and on Thursday, October 23, 2014 in final form and can be found, in its entirety, on .