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National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center

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Total funding (to date)

Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2014, $500,000)

The Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) will address the need for comprehensive training and technical assistance for prosecutors of cases involving juvenile offenders by (1) creating an instructional series of evidence-based trainings that will include the principles of diversion, cultural sensitivity, trauma-informed care, disproportionate minority contact and sexual exploitation and trafficking; (2) partnering with the National District Attorney's Association and AEquitas in delivering technical assistance based upon the latest research and best practices to those juvenile prosecutors on the front lines; and (3) enhancing the CJJR's existing facilitated peer network of experienced juvenile prosecutors to incorporate the activities above, and ensuring regular communication and opportunities to share information, cutting edge research and innovative strategies. CJJR will also work directly with the identified states (Georgia, Kentucky and Hawaii) to assist with the implementation of recent changes to their juvenile practices. TTA will be coordinated with NTTAC and include publications and on-line resources. Progress will be measured through a variety of means, including surveys, course evaluations and biannual reports. CA/NCF

OJJDP's Juvenile Justice System Improvement Grants program was established to provide grants and cooperative agreements to organizations that provide programs and services critical to the mission of OJJDP, and organizations that OJJDP has selected for funds in prior years. This program will be authorized by an Act appropriating funds for the Department of Justice.

The National Juvenile Justice Prosecution Center (NJJPC) at Georgetown University is working to help ensure a fair and effective juvenile justice system by improving training and performance of juvenile prosecutors. Under a 2014 cooperative agreement with OJJDP, NJJPC has assembled a curriculum development team and is developing an instructional series of evidence-based training modules that will include the principles of diversion, cultural sensitivity, trauma-informed care, disproportionate minority contact, sexual exploitation and trafficking. The supplemental funding will be used to enhance and complete the development of the curriculum for juvenile prosecutors and finalize an accompanying national juvenile prosecution standards update. NJJPC will focus on moving its updated draft policy positions through the National District Attorneys Association’s (NDAA) formal standards-adoption process; expanding, completing, piloting and refining the juvenile prosecutor training curriculum; and delivering critical technical assistance to juvenile prosecutors across the United States. NJJPC proposes to convene fifteen juvenile prosecutors to participate in a pilot of the curriculum at the NDAA conference in Boson in July 2016, and utilize participants’ feedback to perfect and finalize the curriculum for broad distribution.

Date Created: September 16, 2014