JPRC researchers presented as part of two thematic panels at the ASC Annual Meeting at the end of November. The first panel focused on juvenile drug courts (JDCs) and highlighted papers from WestEd, American Institutes for Research, George Mason University and Vanderbilt University. These papers summarized a suite of projects that are part of a larger effort funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to develop and test new guidelines for JDCs. Dr. Kyungseok Choo presented a summary of results from a policy and practice scan of 25 local JDCs across the nation.
The second panel featured a series of papers on urban gun violence, from a project led by the American Institutes for Research. The papers focused on the evidence about strategies to prevent and reduce urban youth gun violence, results from a new evaluation study of one statewide urban youth gun violence reduction initiative, and the relationship between policy, community, police, and violence in high-risk urban environments.
Both panels were chaired by staff from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).