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Juvenile Justice Institute

Projects & Evaluations.

Current Projects

Juvenile Reentry

The Juvenile Reentry project is a service learning project that supplies community-based mentors for youth reentering Lancaster County from detention facilities. Mentors assist youth with transitioning back to the community, with the ultimate goal of reducing recidivism.

Mentoring Juveniles after Detention
Evaluation of Juvenile Reentry Efforts
Rural Futures Institute: Mentoring Youth Returning to Rural Areas

Juvenile Justice Policy

JJI provides consultation and guidance regarding juvenile justice research in order to inform leaders and policymakers of current trends and needs in the juvenile justice system.

Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative

JJI continues to research and evaluate diversion services and alternatives to ensure positive outcomes for youth involved in the system, as well as assist in ongoing maintenance and development of the juvenile diversion case management system.

Juvenile Diversion
Juvenile Diversion Case Management System

Completed Projects

Juvenile Reentry

JJI assisted the Lancaster County Reentry Team in establishing a baseline of needs for youth reentering the community after placement at a youth rehabilitation treatment center. Goals included determining gaps in services and establishing baseline recidivism rates.

Youth Reentering Lancaster County After Commitment to a State Youth Rehabilitation Center

Juvenile Services Comprehensive Community Planning

JJI developed a comprehensive manual to assist counties and communities in developing a collaborative and purposeful community planning process, as well as an effective plan for addressing juvenile justice needs.

Juvenile Services Comprehensive Community Planning User Manual

Assessing Disproportionate Minority Contact (DMC)

JJI has performed several DMC assessments with the goal of identifying factors that contribute to disproportionate minority contact so that juvenile justice system stakeholders can design appropriate intervention strategies.

Nebraska State DMC Assessment
Kansas State DMC Assessment

Lancaster County Early Identification and Assessment

JJI evaluated the Lancaster County early identification and assessment process, which was designed to ensure youth were matched to an appropriate early intervention and screen eligible youth out of the juvenile justice system. JJI evaluated whether the early assessment program was effective in reducing recidivism.

Evaluation of Lancaster County Early Identification and Assessment Process – Final Evaluation
Evaluation of Lancaster County Early Assessment Process – Initial Evaluation
Assessing Youth Early in the Juvenile Justice System, OJJDP Journal of Juvenile Justice

Lancaster County Truancy Evaluation

JJI evaluated the Lancaster County truancy diversion program, which was developed to address growing truancy problems.

Evaluation of Lancaster County Truancy Diversion Program – Final Evaluation

Juvenile Diversion Case Management System

JJI developed the juvenile diversion case management system in conjunction with the UNO College of Information Science and Technology and the Nebraska Crime Commission. The system allows for consistent and uniform data reporting across diversion programs, while providing stakeholders with valuable data about diversion processes and outcomes.

Evaluating Community-Based Alternatives

JJI was contracted to evaluate juvenile detention alternatives in Lancaster County, including alternative effectiveness and use of/fidelity to evidence-based models.

Evaluation of Lancaster County Alternatives to Juvenile Detention