2019 Issue


Lessons Learned from a Multidisciplinary Collaborative Supporting Juvenile Reentry

Dr. Erica D. Hooper-Arana, University of San Francisco
Pages 1-17

Multidisciplinary collaboration is paramount to engendering efficacious juvenile reentry. As the lives of juvenile offenders are infused with interwoven complexities and traumas leading to involvement with the juvenile justice system, a multifaceted approach permeated with varying perspectives is imperative. Effective juvenile reentry partnerships must embrace inclusivity and distinctly capitalize on the wide-ranging expertise encapsulated within a multidisciplinary team. Multidisciplinary collaboration is vital for juvenile offenders to return to the community from confinement with a comprehensive understanding of their situation as well as an assortment of approaches to mitigating their challenges both within and outside of the juvenile justice system. This manuscript will describe a unique approach and promising strategies designed to foster a smooth transition of urban juvenile offenders from confinement at a short-term detention facility back into the community. Lessons learned from a multidisciplinary collaboration between school districts, probation, health care, and city agencies designed to support juvenile reentry will be highlighted. Implications for replication among collaborative partners within the context of juvenile justice systems will be discussed.

Keywords: multidisciplinary collaboration, juvenile justice, juvenile offenders, juvenile reentry Download Article

Community-based Alternatives to Detention: Implementation Evidence on Evening Reporting Centers

Sonia Jain, Data in Action, LLC
Alison K. Cohen, University of San Francisco
Neola Crosby, Alameda County Probation Department
Jessica Gingold, University of Michigan Law School
Stacey Wooden, Alameda County Probation Department
Pages 18-31 

Evening reporting centers are an emerging best practice in community-based alternatives to detention. We ground our discussion of Alameda County (CA)’s evening reporting centers within an understanding of youth development theories, including the social cognitive career theory.  Alameda County is a diverse county in California’s San Francisco Bay Area that includes Oakland.  We used diverse sources of administrative data to describe the implementation of the evening reporting centers and report on outcomes of youth involved. We find that evening reporting centers are aligned with youth development theory. For example, they offer an opportunity for disadvantaged youth to build positive relationships with adults, which can contribute to positive youth development.  

Keywords: alternatives to detention, community-based, juvenile justice, social cognitive career theory Download Article