Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2018, $247,090)
This program furthers the Department's mission by providing grants and cooperative agreements for research and evaluation activities to organizations that OJJDP designates.
In recent years, a number of important policies and practices have been introduced to improve juvenile justice performance and youth outcomes, but concerted efforts to reduce the number of incarcerated youth are, arguably, the most important. Further research on these efforts will produce greater insight on (a) their general effectiveness for youths coming into the system and community safety more generally, (b) the relative effectiveness of the programs and facilities to which youths are sent as an alternative, and (c) the cost-benefit of this shift in policy and practice in terms of the resources expended and results achieved under system reform. This project assesses a comprehensive reform effort in a large state (Ohio) to enhance general knowledge on the prospects and challenges for implementing these initiatives.
Note: This project contains a research and/or development component, as defined in applicable law.