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October 10, 2019 | Katie Meyer
Moving from punitive to rehabilitative approaches is an integral aspect of justice system reform. The need for this change is based on current research that shows rehabilitative approaches lead to more positive outcomes for individuals—and safer communities. Beyond that, however, system reform requi…
August 21, 2019 | Erin Wicke Dankert
“With great power comes great responsibility.” I can vividly remember Uncle Ben sharing this wisdom in the movie Spider-Man. While I may not be a superhero buff, this phrase rings true to me. When I’m working on something important, I sometimes hear it quietly in the back of my mind, reminding me o…
July 24, 2019 | By Elizabeth Harris, PhD
In early August, my colleague, Miguel Becerra, and I will present a paper at the Society for the Study of Social Problems annual meeting in New York. In our paper, we use qualitative interviews and focus groups—alongside a 1950’s core sociology theory—to make sense of how parents manage the impressi…
July 12, 2019 | Chris Scharenbroch
Twenty-five years ago, decisions in child protection were made by social workers without the aid of standardized tools. These decisions were often based on workers’ perceptions of a family’s circumstances. Data were not always used or even collected, and agencies struggled to promote consistent and…
July 11, 2019 | Philip Decter
Philip Decter
Since joining the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC), I have been a trainer, coach, and consultant for social workers and child welfare agencies. However, before I came to CRC, I spent close to 20 years working with children, youth, and families in a variety of direct-service settings. I worked i…
June 3, 2019 | Elizabeth Harris
Every time I start a new evaluation project, I feel a mix of excitement and a touch of trepidation: excitement because the idea of finding a solution to an entrenched problem in child welfare is so tantalizing, and trepidation because I know too many well-intentioned, logical social interventions do…
May 22, 2019 | Chris Scharenbroch
Most child welfare systems use some form of risk assessment to inform critical casework decisions. When validated and implemented well, risk assessments can help agencies identify families that may benefit most from services. When developed or used improperly, these tools can contribute to dispropor…
May 22, 2019 | Debra Illingworth Greene
Winnie Ore
Every individual who enters the juvenile justice or adult corrections system is unique, with different needs, attitudes, learning styles, and motivations. The key to successful supervision, whether in a facility or the community, is to account for this variety. “One size fits all” does not work in c…
May 2, 2019 | Debra Illingworth Greene
Mike Pearson
You don’t need to be a policymaker or work inside the criminal justice system to have an impact on mass incarceration in the United States. Mike Pearson, an NCCD board member, makes it his business to impact the system.     Pearson, a self-described social entrepreneur, is the founder, president, an…
April 19, 2019 | Kate Beier and Karen Meulendyke
Have you ever been unsure about whether to report child abuse or neglect? You want to do what’s best for the family but aren’t certain if child protective services (CPS) is the solution, or you worry about the disruption it could cause for the family. Are you seeing signs of abuse and neglect, or ar…