Juvenile Justice Coalition

Speaking Out with Ohio's Youth

Category: Reports & Publications

Cost & Benefits of Ohio’s Juvenile Justice System

Ohio Cost & Benefits of JJ System.  This brochure, released in October 2011, illustrates the costs & benefits of investing in Ohio’s youth.

Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA)

The Juvenile Justice Coalition submitted a letter to the U.S. Attorney General, recommending changes to the Department’s draft regulations for the prevention, detection, response, and monitoring of sexual abuse in custody and responding to questions posed for public comment. JJC PREA letter 3-31-11

On the Right Path

Publication: On The Right Path : Moving Toward a Safe, Sound and Cost Effective Juvenile Justice System in Ohio : by AuthorChildren’s Law Center, Inc. Date

As states and local jurisdictions continue to face a fiscal crisis with little sign of abatement, policymakers must make smart choices about legislation and budgets. Ohio has been undergoing significant institutional juvenile justice reform. Now is the time to not only continue on that path, but ensure sustainability of these reforms for the future well-being of Ohio’s youth and economy. This fact sheet highlights the growing research about what are practical methods of preventing and reducing juvenile crime; ultimately making communities safer.

Recovery Money for Byrne JAG Won’t Stimulate Greater Public Safety

The Justice Policy Institute (JPI), a research and policy organization in Washington, D.C. that studies law enforcement issues, recently reviewed two documents related to the $2 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds spent on the Byrne Justice Assistance Grant (JAG) Program: a new U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released October 15, 2010 and a National Criminal Justice Association release on self-reported spending on the program by states in 2009. JPI found that both reports reinforce the need for lawmakers to re-examine funding for the Byrne JAG program.

Today, JPI released JPI Fact Sheet on JAG spending analyzing how these funds are being spent and how outcomes are being measured and included recommendations for more effective use of taxpayer dollars..

Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio

Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio Issue Brief With support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Cincinnati Bar Foundation, the Children’s Defense Fund of Ohio, the Children’s Law Center, Inc., the Juvenile Justice Coalition – Ohio and Voices for Ohio’s Children are collaborating to increase awareness and support among key stakeholders and the general public for juvenile pretrial detention reform in Ohio with the release of two documents: Rethinking Juvenile Detention in Ohio Issue Brief outlining the current research and impact of juvenile pre-trial detention and Juvenile Detention Reform in Ohio Fact Sheet. Both documents support the adoption of alternatives that will keep youth out of pretrial detention whenever possible, while maintaining community safety.

SB-3 Juvenile Sex Offenders – Inventory to Assess Sex Offenders

NCJ Number: 191197
Title: Computerization and Validation of an Inventory to Assess Adult and Juvenile
Sex Offenders, Final Report
Author: Raymond A. Knight

Corporate Author: Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02154

Sponsor: National Institute of Justice US Dept of Justice
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531

Sale: Brandeis University
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02154

Paper Reproduction Sales National Institute of Justice/NCJRS
Box 6000 Department F
Rockville, MD 20849

Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 300
Country of Origin: United States
Language: English
Grant Number: 94-IJ-CX-0049

Annotation: This report focuses on the reliability and validity of an instrument for assessing sex offenders.

Abstract: The Multidimensional Assessment of Sex and Aggression (MASA) was initially created to supplement the often poorly represented information in the archival records of sex offenders and to provide sufficient data to classify adult sex offenders. The MASA’s construction involved the specification of multiple domains that research had revealed to be important in the assessment of sexual aggression. Its development also involved the creation of an extensive item pool covering all these domains, the rating by experienced clinicians of the appropriateness of items for each domain, the selection of the most suitable items for each domain, the rewriting of the chosen items to give them maximum relevance, and further steps through testing and re-testing. The MASA has now undergone four revisions to expand the breadth of its assessment, simplify its language to make it appropriate for juveniles, and computerize its administration. Recent reliability and validity analyses of the MASA used a wide variety of samples. These samples included college students, community noncriminals, criminals not convicted of sex offenses, and adult and juvenile sex offenders. Results revealed that the continued reliability and cross-sample stability of factor structures and the intercorrelations across the scales suggested that this inventory had promise as a useful assessment for sex offenders. Findings suggested that the MASA could be developed into a useful clinical assessment tool, especially for identifying treatment needs and for offender classification. Such a development would be the first step to addressing a significant gap in the assessment of sexual aggression. Figures, tables, appended instrument and background information, and 81 references (Author abstract modified)

Thesaurus Term: Criminology ; Computer aided operations ; Testing and measurement ; Offender classification ; Sex offenders ; Psychological evaluation ; Recidivism prediction ; Sex offender profiles ; Instrument validation ; NIJ final report

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