By Benjamin Chambers, April 06 2011
How do you help youth be successful who are returning from long-term placements, including lockup? Here's a number of resources -- in multiple media -- that you might find useful for improving how your community handles juvenile reentry.
1. Making the Most of Second Chances - Conference Materials
You may have been unable to attend "Making the Most of Second Chances," a national conference on reentry sponsored by the Council of State Governments' Justice Center and the Bureau of Justice Assistance (I found out about it via the always-helpful National Reentry Resource Center) held in Washington, D.C., in February, but here's the good news: much of it was caught on video.
By reviewing a list of the conference presentations, I found a couple that were focused on juveniles (you'll find video and PowerPoints):
- Supporting Juveniles Returning from Out-of-Home Placement and Their Families. This discussion features a number of luminaries, including Shay Bilchik of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown and David Altschuler of Johns Hopkins University. (Here, you can see another webinar and PowerPoint presentation on juvenile re-entry from these two as well.)
- Juvenile Reentry in the Context of Adolescent Brain Development and Pro-Social Connections: Using a Strength-Based Approach. This one features David Altschuler again, along with juvenile justice researcher Jeff Butts, Kent Berkley from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, and Jennifer Woolard, Associate Professor of Psychology at Georgetown.
- There were plenty of other presentations that looked excellent as well - what interested you? Let me know and I'll add them here.
2. Webinar: Incorporating Risk, Need, And Responsivity In Screening And Assessment
From the National Reentry Resource Center: "The Bureau of Justice Assistance's National Training and Technical Assistance Center is hosting a webinar on how the three principles of risk reduction, need, and responsivity can be used to improve outcomes for individuals returning from prison and jail. Participants will learn how effective use of these principles can help a reentry program decide whom their intervention should target and how to tailor services and supports on the specific risks and needs of an individual. This webinar will be presented by Le'Ann Duran, project director of the National Reentry Resource Center."
Date: Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Time: 2:00—3:00 p.m. EST
Register: Click here.
(Of course, risk, need, and responsivity are critical to guiding effective work with juvenile justice populations in general. I recommend checking out this presentation on the risk/need principle by legendary criminal justice researcher Edward J. Latessa of the University of Cincinnati.)
Updated: February 08 2018