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Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Antelope Valley Evaluation Monitoring Team—Six-Month Report

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

As per paragraph 171 of the Settlement Agreement between the Parties, the Monitoring Team submits this initial semiannual report, dated December 22, 2015. In August 2011, the US Department of Justice (DOJ), Civil Rights Division, launched an investigation of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department (LASD) in response to complaints and allegations of violations of the Fair Housing Act in the Antelope Valley, California. Upon completion of their investigation in June 2013, the DOJ issued a letter documenting their findings that the LASD's Lancaster and Palmdale Stations had engaged in a pattern and practice of conducting stops, searches, and seizures that were unreasonable and in violation of the Constitution and federal law. Additionally, the DOJ concluded there was evidence of discrimination against African Americans in the enforcement of the Housing Choice Voucher Program (commonly known as Section 8), which is a violation of the Fair Housing Act. 

A Profile of Youth in the Los Angeles County Delinquency Prevention Pilot

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This report outlines how the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services used an actuarial screening assessment, developed in collaboration with NCCD, to classify youth in the child welfare system by their likelihood of subsequent juvenile justice involvement. This enables the county to focus prevention service programming on youth at highest risk of dual-system involvement. NCCD found that youth who received prevention services had lower rates of juvenile justice involvement than those who did not; however, these findings are considered preliminary due to data limitations. 

A Profile of Youth in the Los Angeles County Delinquency Prevention Pilot: Highlights

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This document presents highlights of NCCD's Profile of Youth in the Los Angeles County Delinquency Prevention Pilot, which outlines how the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services used an actuarial screening assessment, developed in collaboration with NCCD, to classify youth in the child welfare system by their likelihood of subsequent juvenile justice involvement. This enables the county to focus prevention service programming on youth at highest risk of dual-system involvement. NCCD found that youth who received prevention services had lower rates of juvenile justice involvement than those who did not; however, these findings are considered preliminary due to data limitations. The full report can be found here.

NCCD Newsletter: 2016 Conference, New Predictive Analytics Tool, Pay for Success RFP

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This newsletter includes: a Save the Date for the 2016 NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families; an op-ed by CEO Kathy Park;the 2016 Pay for Success RFP; new projects and publications on child protection. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

Judicial Guide to the Structured Decision Making® Model in Juvenile Justice

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The Structured Decision Making® (SDM) model for juvenile justice, a group of standardized assessments developed by NCCD, identifies the risk levels of system-involved young people and helps judges determine their best disposition options in court. These assessments also help courts place youth in the least restrictive environments needed to ensure public safety. NCCD has developed this judicial guide to address the needs and concerns of judges around decision points in the juvenile justice system. Other juvenile justice stakeholders will also find useful information on decision points, adolescent development research, and best practices.

NCCD News: New NCCD Partnership with Westat, Call for Entries for the 2016 Media for a Just Society, and More

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This issue of the newsletter includes: a collaboration between Westat and NCCD; a new webinar on predictive analytics and child protection; CEO Kathy Park represents NCCD around the country; the 2016 Media for a Just Society Awards call for entries opens. *This link opens slowly; please be patient.

SDM News - November 2015

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The Fall 2015 issue of SDM News describes the benefits of documentation (aka paperwork) using SDM assessments; NCCD's latest work in Singapore; and a pilot program focused on infant safety in San Diego County, California. In addition, meet three new NCCD staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient. 

2015 Fall Webinar – Improving Client Mental Health to Positively Impact Abuse Resolution

| Jo Ann Shirey, PhD, Jacqueline Berman, PhD, National Council on Crime and Delinquency

In this webinar we will discuss the implementation of mental health screening and Problem-Solving Therapy (PST) in routine elder abuse services. Providing Options To Elderly Clients Together (PROTECT) is a mental health program in which anxiety and depression screening and PST with anxiety management are integrated into elder abuse services to improve outcomes for victims with depression and/or anxiety. The webinar will describe the methods used and the effects of the program on staff and clients. (Materials: slide presentation)

NCCD News: Announcing the 2015 Media for a Just Society Award Winners, New Webinar, and More

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The October newsletter announces the winners of the 2015 Media for a Just Society Awards; announces new papers on predictive analytics in child protection, by Dr. Jesse Russell; and details new projects in Ventura County.*Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.

NCCD News: Predictive Analytics in Human Services, New SafeMeasures® Site, and More

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The September newsletter announces the launch of the new SafeMeasures® website; Texas CPS adopts the SDM® system; Dr. Jesse Russell named Chief Program Officer; Jennifer Cotter named associate director of NCCD’s Children’s Research Center. *Note that the link opens slowly. Please be patient.

Evaluation of Strategic Work Plan: Salinas Comprehensive Strategy for Community-Wide Violence Reduction

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A comprehensive collaborative effort to address gang and youth violence in the City of Salinas, California, is having a positive impact, according to a recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Using a mixed-methods approach to collecting and analyzing data, NCCD evaluated the Strategic Work Plan for the city of Salinas, which was developed by a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders. Results of the evaluation indicate improvements in the community, including better relationships between residents and law enforcement and improved communication among local organizations that address violence. This report highlights some of the effort's main achievements and challenges and includes recommendations for improvement. An executive summary of the report can be found here

Evaluation of Strategic Work Plan: Salinas Comprehensive Strategy for Community-Wide Violence Reduction Executive Summary

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

A comprehensive collaborative effort to address gang and youth violence in the City of Salinas, California, is having a positive impact, according to a recent study by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD). Using a mixed-methods approach to collecting and analyzing data, NCCD evaluated the Strategic Work Plan for the city of Salinas, which was developed by a coalition of Salinas organizations and leaders. Results of the evaluation indicate improvements in the community, including better relationships between residents and law enforcement and improved communication among local organizations that address violence. This executive summary highlights some of the effort's main achievements and challenges and includes recommendations for improvement. The full report can be found here.