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The February issue of NCCD News describes how NCCD can help agencies qualify for Family First funding; reports on a new study that looks at gender disparities in the juvenile justice system; highlights a new blog post by Sarah Koenig, Serial podcast creator and Media for a Just Society Awards winner; and new resources on transforming the youth justice system from NCCD and the Positive Youth Justice Initiative.

| NCCD | Positive Youth Justice Initiative

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency have published four new briefs that highlight how PYJI’s partners in 11 California counties are accelerating a statewide movement to transform the youth justice system. Detailing how PYJI-funded partners are mobilizing to shape more progressive juvenile justice policies, the fourth brief reports on work to disrupt the school-to-prison pipeline.

| NCCD | Positive Youth Justice Initiative

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency have published four new briefs that highlight how PYJI’s partners in 11 California counties are accelerating a statewide movement to transform the youth justice system. Detailing how PYJI-funded partners are mobilizing to shape more progressive juvenile justice policies, the third brief highlights youth involvement in PYJI.

| NCCD | Positive Youth Justice Initiative

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency have published four new briefs that highlight how PYJI’s partners in 11 California counties are accelerating a statewide movement to transform the youth justice system. Detailing how PYJI-funded partners are mobilizing to shape more progressive juvenile justice policies, the second brief describes the transformation of juvenile corrections.

| NCCD | Positive Youth Justice Initiative

The Positive Youth Justice Initiative (PYJI) and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency have published four new briefs that highlight how PYJI’s partners in 11 California counties are accelerating a statewide movement to transform the youth justice system. Detailing how PYJI-funded partners are mobilizing to shape more progressive juvenile justice policies, the first brief summarizes policy achievements.

| NCCD

The County of San Diego began an effort in 2015 to achieve more timely family reunification by using a portion of its Title IV-E waiver funds to invest in a promising approach to parent/child visits: Family Visit Coaching, which is based on the Visit Coaching model developed by Marty Beyer, PhD.

| NCCD

To receive funding under the Family First Prevention Services Act, jurisdictions must establish an evidence base for programs designed to prevent children from entering foster care. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) allows jurisdictions to contract with an independent reviewer to document the evidence base for programs that have not yet been rated by the Title IV-E Prevention Services Clearinghouse. Read about NCCD’s independent technical reviews here.

| Caroline Glesmann | Vanessa Patino Lydia

A fourth research brief from NCCD on girls in detention summarizes results from an online survey of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice staff. The survey sought staff perspectives on why girls are held in secure detention, the needs of detained girls, alternatives to secure detention, and related topics. Titled “Juvenile Justice Staff Perspectives on Girls in Secure Detention,” the brief was created by NCCD in partnership with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Jacksonville, Florida, and with support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. All four briefs can be found on our website, here.

| NCCD

This issue of SDM News looks at the value of equity in the Structured Decision Making® system and explains the difference between “equity” and “equality.”

| Caroline Glesmann | Vanessa Patino Lydia

A new brief in a four-part series related to girls in detention summarizes major findings and is designed to help inform policy that considers girls’ experiences in the juvenile justice system. To create the series—and the research it is based on—NCCD partnered with the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center in Jacksonville, Florida, with support from the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. This brief, titled “Notes to the Field: Girls and Secure Juvenile Detention, Barriers, Opportunities, and Recommendations,” was developed in part to generate dialogue about the harm of systems and awareness of how resources used to incarcerate girls can be redirected to reduce future system involvement and help break the cycles of poverty and incarceration. All four briefs can be found on our website, here.

| NCCD and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center

A brief by NCCD and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center examines why girls arrested for domestic violence-related charges in Florida were not consistently assigned to domestic violence respite beds rather than secure detention. “Addressing Barriers to Using Respite Beds for Girls Charged With Domestic Violence” is the second brief by NCCD and the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center—both supported by the Jessie Ball DuPont fund—about girls in secure detention in Florida. See the first brief here.

| NCCD

Accuracy in decision making is highlighted in this issue of SDM News.