Reports & Publications

Youth Court Volunteers Lesson Plans

The Chester Youth Court Volunteers (CYCV) student group at Swarthmore College worked with students and teachers at Smedley Allied Health High School in Chester, Pennsylvania to develop lesson plans and activities aimed at building skills that are essential for students in successfully operating a youth court.

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Youth Courts An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

In this article for the Pennsylvania Lawyer, March/April 2011 issue, Stoneleigh Fellow Gregory Volz writes about his work on the youth courts in Chester County and the role of youth courts as an alternative disciplinary system.   Read the full article here.

Moving Toward a Public Safety Paradigm: A Roundtable Discussion on Victims and Criminal Justice Reform

Stoneleigh Fellow Danielle Sered participated in a roundtable discussion convened by the Justice Policy Institute (JPI) on September 10, 2010 to examine the role of victims in justice reform.  Victims are those who were harmed by violence or nonviolent crimes; both share similar reactions and needs regardless of the type of victimization experienced.  Aside from the victims, the discussion also looked into the impact of the justice system on the people who are incarcerated and the families and communities who are negatively affected.  Read the

Child Well-Being and the Recession

According to a December, 2010, report by Stoneleigh Fellow David Rubin and colleagues, "since 2007, the United States has suffered its most serious economic contraction since the Great Depression. While experts debate whether it is a 'depression' or a 'recession' - and indeed whether it is even over - it is clear that we are experiencing the worst economic downturn in several generations.

PACTT: A Model for Change in Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania Academic and Career/Technical Training Alliance (PACTT) was identified by the MacArthur Foundation as one of four Models of Change in 2010.  Models for Change provides funding, technical assistance, and other forms of support to a range of juvenile justice systems reform efforts in four key partner states: Pennsylvania, Illinois, Louisiana, and Washington.

Trauma Informed & Developmentally Sensitive Services for Children: Core Compentencies for Effective Practice

Multiplying Connections, a Philadelphia-based collaborative, developed a set of core compentencies (knowledge, attitudes and skills) that adults who work with young children need to have to be able to provide care and create a system that is trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate for children and their families.   These competencies are intended to guide workforce developmemt activities including training, curriculum development, and prof

Health and Justice for Girls: Meet Esperanza (A Case Study)

What difference will the National Girls Health Screen Project make in the lives of girls?  In this case study of Esperanza, Stoneleigh Fellow Leslie Acoca shows just how powerful health screening for girls entering detention can be. 

National Girls Health Screen: Findings and Technical Report

This report by Stoneleigh Fellow Leslie Acoca and Dr. Frances Lexcen, Forensic Psychologist at the University of Washington who serves as senior researcher for the National Girls Health Screen Project facilitating data collection and analysis, provides the technical information behind this groundbreaking research on the health needs of girls in the U.S. juvenile justice system.  Key findings are available in Highlights from the National Girls Health Screen Project.

Educate or Incarcerate? Girls in the Florida and Duval County Juvenile Justice Systems

Leslie Acoca's landmark study for the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (November 2000) on girls in the Florida and Duval County Juvenile Justice Systems.  Read the full article here.

Cameras Rolling, and ... Action!

Joslyn Young's fellowship project is inspired by her work with ten African American teenagers from Chester, Pennsylvania who were involved in a film production program at the Chester Voices for Change Summer Institute.   Joslyn's research demonstrates that media production can be a tool for youth development and community involvement.

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