Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $599,787)
CNA and our partner, the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ), will conduct a comprehensive review and analysis of innovative juvenile justice policies and practices related to admissions to, transfers between, and releases from juvenile residential placement facilities. We aim to identify best practices and policies that protect public safety and ensure youth health, safety, and long-term success. To do this we will complete four objectives. First, we will conduct a comprehensive, systematic multi-year review of existing research and experiences regarding juvenile justice system responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. Second, we will develop a coalition of national juvenile justice stakeholders to identify best and promising practices developed during the COVID-19 pandemic that have long-term sustainability. Third, we will conduct four in-depth case studies to evaluate innovative juvenile justice system responses to COVID-19. Fourth, we will translate findings into actionable steps for policymakers, practitioners, and researchers focused on improving outcomes for justice system involved youth and increasing public safety, and broadly disseminate these findings through reports, infographics, podcasts, and webinars as appropriate.