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Perspectives - Winter 2007 Newsletter

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

NCCD Newsletter, Winter 2007

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 9)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Fabiana Silva, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.

A Prospective Validation of California’s Family Risk Assessment

| Kristen Johnson, PhD, Dennis Wagner, PhD, Chris Scharenbroch

A Prospective Validation of California’s Family Risk Assessment.  2007.  Because additional counties chose to adopt California’s Family Risk Assessment, the state opted to conduct another validation of the family risk assessment.  The objective of this validation study was to assess how well the current risk assessment estimates future maltreatment, particularly across subgroups, and, if necessary, propose revisions to improve its classification abilities.

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 8)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Fabiana Silva, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.

A Profile of Pacific Islanders in Oakland, California

| Lila K. Booth

Pacific Islanders represent less than one percent of Oakland's population and as a result may be overlooked or categorized with other disparate communities. Although small in numbers, this community has its unique issues and concerns including the distinctly different groups that comprise the Pacific Islander community itself. At the same time it shares issues in common with other immigrant communities that should not be overlooked as Pacific Islanders develop a Pacific Islander American identity.

SDM News

| Children's Research Center

Structured Decision Making News, Plans Underway for the 8th National Structured Decision Making Conference

Outcome Evaluation of Parents Anonymous

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

Parents Anonymous(R) is a mutual support self-help group aimed at strengthening families and reducing child maltreatment. The purpose of the study was to assess whether parents' participation in Parents Anonymous(R) was associated with child maltreatment outcomes and with their change in risk and protective factors. In the quantitative segment of the evaluation, 206 parents new to Parents Anonymous(R) were interviewed at three times. Change in study measures was assessed in the short term (one month) and in the long term (six months). In the qualitative segment, 36 parents from Spanish-language Parents Anonymous(R) groups in two states were assessed with semi-structured, in-person interviews. Additional qualitative data was collected through group observations and focus groups.

Perspectives - Summer 2006 Newsletter

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

NCCD Newsletter, Summer 2006

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 7)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Fabiana Silva, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.

Fact Sheet: The Nation's Most Punitive States for Women

| Christopher Hartney

NCCD looks at which US states have the highest and lowest rates of incarceration, probation, and parole for adult and juvenile women.

California Juvenile Justice Reentry Partnership

| Commonweal, Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, National Council on Crime and Delinquency, Youth Law Center

A prime goal of the California juvenile justice system is the rehabilitation of juvenile offenders. Youth who commit crimes may be incarcerated for public safety reasons, but during and after their confinement they are supposed to receive treatment and services suited to their needs. Unfortunately, the juvenile justice system in California has achieved limited success in meeting the goal of rehabilitation. The re-offense rate for youth released from the state youth correctional system (the Division of Juvenile Justice) is approximately 70 percent -- meaning that more than two thirds of state delinquent wards are rearrested within two years of release. The results for county-run facilities, while not as well documented, indicate that more than a third of those leaving local facilities for delinquents are rearrested within one to two years. Rearrests are not the only measures of youth success and failure. Youth released from custody also have high rates of school dropout, substance abuse, mental disorders and other problems. Incarceration may also worsen a youth's problems, based on well documented reports of abuse and violence in some institutions, particularly those operated by the state Division of Juvenile Justice (formerly, the California Youth Authority).

California Cities Gang Prevention Network Bulletin (Bulletin 6)

| Dr. Angela Wolf, Fabiana Silva, Jack Calhoun

NCCD and the National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education, and Families (YEF Institute) present the bulletin for the California Cities Gang Prevention Network. This initiative creates a network of major California cities to combat gang violence and victimization.