National Projects

Development of a Model Approach to Arrest Data Analysis

The National Institute of Corrections (NIC) is invested in improving the collection and use of law enforcement data through its Development of a Model Approach to Arrest Data Analysis project.  NCJJ was selected to develop a model approach to arrest data analysis for the purposes of informing and monitoring data-driven practices in La Crosse County, Wisconsin.  The model approach will focus on assessing data accessibility, accuracy, and consistency of law enforcement data within La Crosse County with the intent of sharing the model with other jurisdictions.  NCJJ will also develop the framework for a curriculum to help other jurisdictions replicate the model. 

Juvenile Justice Geography, Policy, Practice and Statistics Website

The MacArthur Foundation funds a series of legacy activities intended to sustain the momentum of their ten-year investment in juvenile justice reform, Models for Change. Among these concepts was a call to action by the Foundation to establish an online system for charting ongoing state change across fundamental juvenile justice issues. The NCJJ Director proposed a Juvenile Justice Geography, Practice and Statistics (jjgps.org) online repository designed to provide state policy makers and system stakeholders with the information on landscape of reform in the states to use both as a platform for inspiring change and finding solutions that have been applied in other states. The effort was initially funded by the MacArthur in 2013 and a website was launched by NCJJ in May 2014. The product currently addresses over 40 diverse juvenile justice topics, organized in the following six main menu areas:

Juvenile Justice Model Data Project

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) has invested in improving juvenile justice data and increasing its consistency across states and localities through the Juvenile Justice Model Data Project (MDP). The MDP seeks to develop model measures and analyses that monitor trends and assess the efficiency and effectiveness of juvenile justice systems and to provide guidance to the field on the data elements and coding categories required to calculate the model measures. The MDP is led by organizations representing all sectors of juvenile justice— from law enforcement through the court process and juvenile corrections The project’s strategy is to improve national data through uniform and systematic improvement of local data collection, use, and analysis.

Visit the Juvenile Justice Model Data project page to learn more.

National Juvenile Court Data Archive

The Archive annually collects more than one million automated case records from roughly 2,300 juvenile courts representing 84% of the juvenile population. Currently the Archive houses over 40 million records dating back to the 1970s. These records are the basis for the annual Juvenile Court Statistics reports (a reporting series dating back to 1927) that present a national description of the workloads and activities of the Nation's juvenile courts. .

In addition to the annual Juvenile Court Statistics series of reports, products stemming from the Archive include OJJDP Bulletins, and Fact Sheets, the juvenile court information on OJJDP's Statistical Briefing Book web site, and the interactive web-based analysis package Easy Access to Juvenile Court Statistics that enables users to conduct their own national analyses of the automated records of delinquency cases.

Visit the National Juvenile Court Data Archive project page to learn more.

National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Project

This project serves as OJJDP's statistical analysis center for responding to the research needs of OJJDP and the juvenile justice community. The project has completed dozens of reports and web-based products on a wide range of topics. These reports are based on analyses of the major juvenile justice national data sets (e.g., the Census of Juveniles in Residential Placement, the Juvenile Residential Facility Census, the National Incident-Based Reporting System, the Uniform Crime Reporting Program, and the National Crime Victimization Survey). The most notable publications are the Juvenile Offenders and Victims series of reports, bulletins, and fact sheets that have become a standard in the field. The web-based products are available through the OJJDP Statistical Briefing Book, a site developed and maintained by the project, that presents the most current statistics on juvenile offenders and the juvenile justice system. The project has also prepared a series of web-based, interactive data analysis and presentation tools that enable users to perform custom analyses of data covering a range of juvenile justice topics. Visit the Data Analysis Tools section of the Statistical Briefing Book to find out what is available. The project, like its predecessor project the Juvenile Justice Statistics and Systems Development Program, also works with national and local data collectors to improve the quality of their data. 

Visit the National Juvenile Justice Data Analysis Project project page to learn more.

Nevada Juvenile Justice Evidence-Based Program Resource Center

Nevada’s Assembly Bill (AB) 472 set forth numerous juvenile justice reforms designed to improve outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system, including the creation of the Juvenile Justice Evidence-Based Program Resource Center (EBP Resource Center). The Nevada Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) awarded a contract to the National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ) to design and implement the EBP Resource Center in collaboration with DCFS and other juvenile justice stakeholders in Nevada. The EBP Resource Center will support the selection and implementation of evidence-based programs across Nevada while providing training and technical assistance to DCFS staff, each regional department of juvenile services, and treatment providers.