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Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines Demonstration Sites Project

Did the COVID-19 Pandemic impede or stall your juvenile court improvement process? Have you identified opportunities to change practice post-pandemic? Whether you are just starting a new court improvement initiative or need assistance to restart your previous work, NCJFCJ has a unique opportunity to assist your court. 

The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), with funding from the State Justice Institute (SJI), is seeking juvenile courts that are interested in participating in the Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines Demonstration Sites Project. If your court is interested in becoming a demonstration site, please click on the link below to complete the application. Applications are due by April 30, 2021.

What does it mean to be a demonstration site?

The jurisdictions that participate in the Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines Demonstration Sites Project will engage in a two-year process to identify and address issues in adjudicating and delivering services in juvenile delinquency cases. The Enhanced Juvenile Justice Guidelines identify many different areas that courts can consider for improvement including improving timelines for case processing; using risk/need assessment information; reducing the use of fines and fees; implementing alternatives to detention; collaborating with the education system to reduce school pathways to the justice system; identifying and addressing gaps in services, and many more. Jurisdictions who participate in the project will have access to regular assessment of court practice, technical assistance, strategic planning support, expert national training and trainers, and a peer support network. Please note, that while there is no site-specific funding available you will receive all of the support and tools you need to change your court practice.

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Who should apply?

The project is open to all courts that work with delinquent offenses. Your program should be judicial lead and be prepared to bring together a group of system stakeholders who are committed to changing court practice. A commitment from your lead judge and the approval of your presiding judge is required. Tribal courts are encouraged to apply. 

If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Pearce, Senior Site Manager, NCJFCJ at or (775) 507-4799.