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The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) was selected as one of four states to participate in the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP), a national initiative to reform the juvenile justice system by translating "what works" into everyday practice and policy . Administered by Georgetown University's Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, the JJSIP provides a framework for implementing best practices throughout the entire juvenile justice system.
The Georgetown team will work with prominent criminologists to provide technical assistance to the state. The team will evaluate DJJ's services to ensure an adequate range of graduated sanctions with interventions designed to reduce the risk of committing future offenses. At the end of the initial18 month pilot period, Florida will have implemented the JJSIP fully in one county and begun to implement it statewide. Pinellas County has been selected as the demonstration site for the project.
In commenting on Florida's selection and the significance of the project, Shay Bilchik, the founder and director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University said, "We hope that implementing the JJSIP provides the field with more information on how to take research we have about effectively serving juvenile justice involved youth and apply it to improve outcomes for all youth who touch the system. This has been a key challenge facing our work and one we believe the JJSIP will help address.”
JJSIP is composed of two tiers (click on each tier for an overview): the Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders (including the Disposition Matrix) and the Standardized Program Evaluation Protocol (SPEP). The goal of the JJSIP project is to provide “the right service for the right kid, at the right time, in the right dosage”. Click here for a timeline of JJSIP milestones.
As a direct result of the JJSIP, DJJ has
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