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Register Now] Connecting the Dots: Lessons Learned from a Comprehensive Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Initiative



Hosted by the National Reentry Resource Center with funding support from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention

Date: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Time: 1:30–2:30 p.m. ET




The Improving Outcomes for Youth (IOYouth) initiative—which is operated by the National Reentry Resource Center (NRRC)—helps state and local jurisdictions to align their juvenile justice systems’ policies and practices with what research shows works to reduce recidivism and set youth up for success. This webinar, which is for state and local policymakers, system leaders, agency managers, and more, will:

  • Explain the research and track record of reform efforts underpinning the IOYouth approach as well as discuss why conducting a comprehensive review of system-wide policies and expenditures is critical to protecting public safety and efficient resource allocation  
  • Describe three states’ experiences participating in IOYouth, including the challenges that they were seeking to address; the assessment process; and the legislative, administrative, and funding changes that resulted from their efforts
  • Discuss the lessons learned from each state and from the NRRC on facilitating system-wide improvement initiatives, as well as how other jurisdictions can apply these lessons to their own efforts 


  • Shanelle Johnson, Policy Analyst, The Council of State Governments Justice Center
  • Ross Armstrong, Administrator, Division of Child and Family Services (Nevada)
  • Nick J. Costales, Deputy Director of Field Services, New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department
  • Adam Zarrin, Policy Advisor, Office of Governor Jared Polis (Colorado)










This project was supported by Grant No. 2016-MU-BX-K011 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of the Department of Justice's Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, and the SMART Office. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.

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