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Process Evaluation for the Office of Neighborhood Safety: Highlights

| Dr. Angie Wolf, Caroline Glesmann, Angie Del Prado Lippman, Estivaliz Castro

This document presents highlights of NCCD’s process evaluation of the Office of Neighborhood Safety (ONS). NCCD was commissioned by The California Wellness Foundation and the City of Richmond, California, to conduct a process evaluation of the ONS, located in Richmond. This evaluation report describes the ONS’s strategies and processes, with a focus on the office’s Operation Peacemaker Fellowship. This report also provides the ONS with feedback from stakeholders and recommendations for continued work in the Richmond community and in the broader field of violence prevention.

NCCD Newsletter: New Research and Media for a Just Society Awards

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The July 2015 issue of NCCD’s newsletter features Dr. Jesse Russell’s study on child welfare financing; introduces Deirdre O’Connor as NCCD’s new associate director of strategic initiatives in the Washington, DC, office; announces finalists for the 2015 Media for a Just Society Awards; points to the justice system reform blog series and a video on elder abuse; and highlights new projects and more. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.

Improving Child Safety and Well-Being in Foster and Relative Placements

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

To improve the safety and well-being of children and youth placed in foster care, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) sought to better understand the nature and context of foster child maltreatment in Michigan. Maltreatment in foster care has devastating consequences, which may include physical health problems, trauma and psychological problems, learning and developmental problems, emotional and behavioral disorders, aggression and violence, and juvenile justice involvement.

NCCD Newsletter: KQED Newsroom, Justice Reform, and the SDM System in Orange County

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The June 2015 issue of NCCD’s newsletter links to Dr. Angela Wolf’s appearance on KQED Newsroom; links to a video blog regarding the use of the SDM® system in Orange County, California; points to the timely blog focus of justice system reform; announces the publication of results from a study on the topic of childhood exposure to trauma; and links to an introduction of new staff member Peggy Cordero. *Note that this link opens slowly; please be patient.

Developing an Actuarial Index for Child Exposure to Trauma

| Kristen Johnson, PhD

Recent research suggests that half of all children in the United States have experienced some type of traumatic event that threatens their safety or well-being. Children involved with the child welfare system are particularly vulnerable to trauma. Over the last decade, child welfare agency managers and stakeholders have been pursuing ways to ensure that practice is trauma-informed, i.e., based on research about how trauma affects human beings, and that all children served by the child welfare system are screened and assessed for trauma symptoms. The Minnesota Department of Human Services has supplemented these efforts with analyses of data systematically recorded by social workers to determine whether the likelihood of experiencing trauma symptoms can be estimated. A brief summary of this research can be found here.

SDM News - April 2015

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The May issue of SDM News describes an integrated practice model; share updates on NCCD’s work in the Northwest Territories of Canada, Texas, and Singapore; and introduces five new staff members. *Note that this link opens slowly. Please be patient.

NCCD Newsletter: NCCD on This American Life, Positive Outcomes in Juvenile Justice, and More

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

The April 2015 issue of NCCD’s newsletter features the work of Dr. Angela Wolf on popular radio show This American Life; links to a video statement by Stacy Ledvina on using the Juvenile Assessment and Intervention System™ in Wisconsin; announces the adoption of the SDM® system for child protective services in Texas; and links to a blog post regarding Loretta Lynch and more. *Note that this link opens slowly; please be patient.

Exploring a Pay for Success Model to Prevent Juvenile Justice System Involvement for Youth in the Child Welfare System - Highlights

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This document presents highlights of the feasibility study conducted by NCCD and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to determine the potential of preventing juvenile justice system involvement for youth in the child welfare system as a Pay for Success project. To read the full feasibility report, click here.

Exploring a Pay for Success Model to Prevent Juvenile Justice System Involvement for Youth in the Child Welfare System - A Feasibility Assessment Report

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

In December 2013, The California Endowment funded the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. (Third Sector) to conduct a feasibility analysis to identify and define the need for delinquency prevention services among a child welfare population to better understand its potential for a Pay for Success (PFS) project. NCCD and Third Sector focused this feasibility analysis on San Diego County, California, where the county had recently implemented the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice crossover practice model for serving youth who are dually involved in both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. As a way to build on these efforts, the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency and Child Welfare Services expressed interest in undertaking PFS exploration activities related to interventions that could prevent the occurrence of youth crossover from child welfare to juvenile justice, beginning with an analysis to identify the target population.

Scaling Restorative Community Conferencing Through a Pay for Success Model: Highlights

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

This document presents highlights of the feasibility study conducted by NCCD and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to determine the potential of restorative community conferencing (RCC) as a Pay for Success project. To read the full feasibility report, click here.

Scaling Restorative Community Conferencing Through a Pay for Success Model: A Feasibility Assessment Report

| National Council on Crime and Delinquency

In December 2013, The California Endowment funded the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD) and Third Sector Capital Partners, Inc. to conduct a feasibility study on restorative community conferencing (RCC) to better understand its potential for a Pay for Success (PFS) project. An analysis of available data gathered since 2012 has revealed that of the young people who completed Alameda County’s RCC program, 26.5% were rearrested compared with 45.0% of a matched sample of youth whose cases were processed through the juvenile justice system. Notably, only 11.8% of the RCC youth were subsequently adjudicated delinquent— that is, determined by the court to have committed another delinquent act—compared with 31.4% of the matched sample of youth whose cases were processed through the juvenile justice system. Of participating crime victims, 99% stated they would participate in another RCC. This program also carries significant cost-saving potential, as these lower rates of reoffending combine with a one-time cost of $4,500 per RCC versus $23,000 per year for a youth on probation. With such promising data, NCCD and Third Sector sought to better understand how RCC could be scaled through a PFS project and what capacity building would need to take place for such a project to be feasible. The results of this analysis are detailed in the feasibility report.