Juvenile Justice CAN Work in Action
This section outlines information about the collaborative work partners are undertaking to develop a more robust understanding about what is happening with Juvenile Justice across the ACYI Partnership (Adams and Broomfield counties and the 17th Judicial District), highlight support needed to help develop this understanding, and outline how to get involved in these efforts. The ACYI Partnership recognizes that juvenile justice is a key indicator for cradle to career success. To this end, ACYI is supporting a network of partners interested in shared work that aligns to this juvenile justice indicator.
The Challenge We Face
As a ‘top-5 state’ in terms of juvenile justice systems, Colorado, and more specifically Adams and Broomfield counties and the 17th Judicial District, has a unique opportunity to gain a deeper understanding about the current juvenile justice system, especially when it comes to voice and perspective from youth and parents who are involved in the system.
Not only does juvenile delinquency have future consequences on the adolescent’s college and career choices, there is a correlation with drug use, gang involvement, alcohol abuse, and sexual behavior. All of these issues challenge communities by making neighborhoods unsafe and costing large amounts of public money to be spent on law enforcement and school safety.
This collaborative work aims to develop a more robust numerical and anecdotal understanding of the juvenile justice landscape of Adams and Broomfield counties and the 17th Judicial District.
What Are We Doing About This?
Cross-sector partners, who understand and agree that collective action to support more young people to stay in school and out of the juvenile justice system is critical for cradle to career success, are in the process of assembling to first and foremost get a baseline understanding of juvenile justice across Adams and Broomfield counties and the 17th Judicial District. This group will then have the opportunity assess opportunities for shared work aligned to findings yielded through both numerical and anecdotal data . This group, or Collaborative Action Network (CAN) as they are referred to will utilize StriveTogether’s outcomes focused approach to:
- Understand the current state and identify a baseline of juvenile justice across Adams and Broomfield counties and the 17th Judicial District.
- Develop time bound, measurable targets to improve areas identified through data (Global and Short-Term SMART Targets).
- Understand WHY – complete a factor and root cause analysis
- Determine long-term and short-term strategies and interventions that will yield the highest results.
Utilizing the Continuous Improvement framework, which calls for an initial focus on understanding the current state of juvenile justice in Adams and Broomfield counties and the 17th Judicial District, the CAN is in the process of establishing numerical baselines. Given that juvenile justice data is collected at various levels, schools, municipal, district, etc., the CAN is in the process of understanding the following:
- What data points are available?
- What additional data points would be helpful?
- Who has the data and how can we get it?
First data points (for 2013 – present) that the CAN is assessing include:
Youth, Parent and Community Voice & Perspective
ACYI has launched a pilot program in partnership with our national affiliate, StriveTogether, and international partner, Girl Effect, to help inform the work of the ACYI Partnership with authentic youth, parent and community voice and perspective, ensuring that those who our Partnership serves, are at the heart of what we do.
Through the implementation of this pilot program we will gain this voice and perspective via research conducted through Girl Effect’s TEGA Program. Learn more about TEGA here.
Voice and Perspective to Inform CAN Efforts
To support this work and obtain a greater understanding of the juvenile justice system as a whole and how youth engage with it, the CAN is facilitating TEGA interviews to be conducted with youth at each stage of the juvenile justice system including: youth at risk of entering the system and youth already in the system (TBD youth who have come out of the system – e.g. rehabilitation centers?), as well as law enforcement officers in each municipality.
The specific objectives of this fieldwork are to:
- Understand how kids and families access help, care and resources BEFORE getting into trouble (entering the juvenile justice system)
- Bring to life the narrative/journey of youth who enter into the juvenile justice system at any point in their adolescence (TBD – as well as those who have since left the system).
|The CAN is currently assessing what numerical data points are available to inform the baseline dashboard that will be developed. If you have access to data points, please contact Levon Hupfer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CAN is in the process of determining what questions should be asked through TEGA interviews to help us gain a greater understanding of how the juvenile justice system works as a whole and how youth engage with it. If you are interested in and/or are able to inform this, please contact Levon Hupfer at email@example.com.
If you have access to youth and/or parents whose perspective should be garnered through TEGA interviews, please contact Jody Nowicki, ACYI TEGA Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|A Call For Support –
“We cannot work on juvenile crime or juvenile justice work in Adams County from a distance, but proximity to youth, proximity to their families, proximity to the imprisoned and mistreated and hurting will help us tackle this issue! So the TEGA project is really invaluable..” said Levon Hupfer, Director of Diversion, 17th District Attorney’s Office