The Juvenile Intervention and Support Center (JISC) is a prototype facility designed to divert children away from the justice system and support their development through individual services within the JISC and referral to community-based services tailored to their specific needs. However, the ability to divert children away from the justice system requires understanding the unique experiences and needs of youth both within and outside the juvenile justice system. The Crime Lab supports the Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS) to evaluate and improve the JISC by providing ongoing technical assistance. The Crime Lab brings together data from multiple agencies to answer questions identified by DFSS and JISC members so that stakeholders can make informed, data-driven policy recommendations to improve the JISC and the juvenile justice system more broadly. The ultimate goal of this assistance is to ensure that youth receive adequate support and to minimize the negative impact of the juvenile justice system on a youth’s later life outcomes.
Brookings Institution Commentary: Making the invisible epidemic visible
Using new data from a large urban trauma center in Chicago, we document substantial under-reporting of domestic violence at the time of receiving medical care.
Video about the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program
This video provides an overview of the Crime Lab’s evaluation of the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program, a program implemented by the community behavioral health provider Thresholds.
NADP Research Brief
Research Brief for the Narcotics Arrest Diversion Program.