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This collaboration, facilitated by the Yonkers Police Department, is developing and implementing a coordinated Juvenile Justice Strategy and Action Plan to reduce violent juvenile crime in Yonkers, New York.


Date: Wednesday, June 7, 2011
Note the new meeting day for this and subsequent meetings.
Time: 12:00
Location: Yonkers Riverfront Library, (across from Yonkers train station)
Notes: Lunch provided.

This meeting will follow meetings of the Yonkers Truancy Reduction Strategy Group (YTRSG)
This will be joint meeting with the Yonkers Weed & Seed Steering Committee and Yonkers Drug Free Communities Coalition


 *  July 13, 2011
 *  August 10, 2011
 *  September 14, 2011
 *  October 12, 2011
 *  November 9, 2011
 *  December 14, 2011

Any changes in meeting dates will be posted on this page.


  • May 11
  • April 13
  • March 9
  • February 9
  • January 18, 2011
  • December 8, 2010
  • November 10, 2010
  • October 8, 2010
  • September 8, 2010
  • July 20, 2010
  • June 15, 2010
  • May 18, 2010
  • April 20, 2010
  • March 16, 2010
  • February 16, 2010
  • January 19, 2009
  • November 17, 200
  • October 20, 2009
  • September 15, 2009
  • August 18, 2009
  • July 20, 2009
  • June 16, 2009
  • May 19, 2009
  • April 21, 2009
  • March 17, 2009
  • February 17, 2009
  • January 12, 2009
  • December 8, 2008
  • November 10, 2008
  • October 20, 2008
  • September 8, 2008


YJCEC meetings will be held on the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 12 noon:

Month Day
January 12th
February 9th
March 9th
April 13th
May 11th
June 7th
July 13th
August 10th
September 14th
October 12th
November 9th
December 14th


Year 3 funding has been approved with a 50% funding reduction from Year 2

Funding wil continue for Year 3 of the DCJS grant, with a 50% reduction in funding and a 50% match requirement making up the remainder of funding. See 10/20/09 meeting above for more details.

2010 Strengthening Families Program session dates

New cycles of Strengthening Families Program for Children 6-11 and Chirldren 10-14 are starting in early 2010. SCHEDULE HAS BEEN REVISED- Please download the new calendar.

Download the REVISED late 2009 calendar for Strengthening Family Program sessions in Yonkers

Year 2 funding has been approved with 2% funding reduction from Year 1

Funding will continue for Year 2 of the grant, at a 2% reduction to $196,000 in NYS DCJS funds to implement our YJCEC strategy.

Year 2 contract period begins April 1, 2009.

2008-09 Contract has been approved

Our application for $200,000 in NYS DCJS funding to implement our YJCEC strategy has been approved and fully funded!

The DCJS contract was executed on October 16th for the fiscal year beginning April 1, 2008.

Implementation Progress Reporting

Implementation Progress Reports are due from all service agencies at the end of each quarter. Data from the Progress Reports is complied for inclusion in quarterly reports required by DCJS.

Next due date for Progress Reports to be sent to Yoav Spiegel at YSpiegel@programdesign.com is:
January 12, 2010

Click here to download the complete 2009 Schedule for Implementation Progrees Report collection

Implementation Progress Report forms are available here:


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National Youth Violence Prevention Week Announced In recognition of National Youth Violence Prevention Week (March 31 to April 4, 2008), NCJRS has created a Youth Violence Special Feature. This special feature contains publications and resources concerning gun violence, violence in schools, youth gang activity, and the prevention of youth violence. Links to research and statistics related to youth violence are also included. (NCJRS) Below is the address:


Yonkers Juvenile Justice Strategy and Action Plan

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Evidence-Based Targeting

This material explains "Evidence-Based Targeting," a new concept developed in Yonkers that offers communities across America the opportunity to dramatically enhance their juvenile crime prevention efforts by targeting limited prevention resources to higher-risk groups where those efforts can have an exponentially greater impact on reducing juvenile crime.

This one-page handout outlines the significance of "evidence-based targeting" and how it can benefit communities, service providers, and funders.

This 9-page handout gives a more detailed overview of "evidence-based targeting" and includes sample forms that illustrate how service providers and funders could use Yonkers data to calculate an "estimated baseline" for their delinquency prevention programs.

Here are two charts (in Word format) that illustrate Evidence-Based Targeting. Unlike earlier visual representations that presented the data in tabular form, these charts now display the Pyramid as a pyramid. The first shows the % of kids in each group who get arrested within 3 years. The second shows the # of arrests over 3 years per 100 kids in each group. The second chart shows an even greater disparity as you move up the pyramid because a higher proportion of higher-risk kids get arrested and they get arrested more often.

Here are the same two charts in PowerPoint format.

This PowerPoint presentation gives a brief overview of Evidence-Based Targeting and shows how it helps you concentrate your efforts where they can have the greatest potential impact by focusing on specific groups at highest risk for juvenile crime.

The Center for Court Innovation published an weblog article on February 8, 2008 about the presentation on Evidence-Based Targeting Karl Bertrand made recently to a statewide conference sponsored by the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services. The article appeared in a Center for Court Innovation blog called "Changing the Court: A chronicle of how a group of planners and practitioners are attempting to change the Bronx court system's approach to low-level criminal offending." It was written by Claibourne Henry, Youth Development Coordinator. One of the article's conclusions is: "By targeting the right population, programs can conserve time, funding and avoid combing through the hundreds and thousands of other individuals who fall into a general target population, but aren’t necessarily at high risk of being arrested."

This is the Powerpoint presentation on Evidence-Based Targeting that Karl Bertrand delivered at the U.S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) "Charting the Course: Developing Effective Plans for the Future" conference in Nashville.
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Chronic Truancy Prevention

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Evidence-Based Interventions

This Report to Congress, funded by the National Institute of Justice, is a comprehensive review of decades of research on the effectiveness of every major crime reduction strategy supported by the U.S. Department of Justice. This resource is invaluable for anyone trying to allocate scarce prevention resources to interventions with the strongest evidence of effectiveness.

This 19-page "Research in Brief" from the National Institute of Justice summarizes the major conclusions of a comprehensive review of decades of evidence for the effectiveness of every major crime prevention strategy.

This study includes a table listing benefits, costs, and benefits per dollar of cost for 61 common evidence-based model programs.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG) is designed to assist practitioners and communities in implementing evidence-based prevention and intervention programs that can make a difference in the lives of children and communities. The MPG database of evidence-based programs covers the entire continuum of youth services from prevention through sanctions to reentry. The MPG can be used to assist juvenile justice practitioners, administrators, and researchers to enhance accountability, ensure public safety, and reduce recidivism. The MPG is an easy-to-use tool that offers a database of scientifically-proven programs that address a range of issues, including substance abuse, mental health, and education programs.

The Helping America's Youth (HAY) website provides a Community Guide to Helping America's Youth. It provides strategies and tools to help communities form effective partnerships, assess community needs, and identify evidence-based programs. You can search the database of evidence-based programs by risk factor, protective factor, or keyword. All of the programs featured in the HAY database have demonstrated results in accordance with widely accepted scientific criteria for program effectiveness. The following federal agencies worked together to identify programs for the HAY Program Tool: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the U.S. Department of Justice, the U.S. Department of Education, the U.S. Department of Labor, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Office for National Drug Control Policy, and the Corporation for National and Community Service.

This is one of the evidence-based models that will be replicated in Yonkers by the YJCEC. The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is a nationally and internationally recognized parenting and family strengthening program for high-risk families. SFP is an evidence-based family skills training program found to significantly reduce problem behaviors, delinquency, and alcohol and drug abuse in children and to improve social competencies and school performance. Child maltreatment also decreases as parents strengthen bonds with their children and learn more effective parenting skills. SFP was developed and found effective on a National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) research grant in the early 1980s. More than 15 subsequent independent replications have found similar positive results with families in many different ethnic groups. Both culturally adapted versions and the core version of SFP have been found effective with African-American, Hispanic, Asian, Pacific Islander, and First Nations families. The original SFP for high-risk families with children ages 6 to 11 years (SFP6-11) was joined in the early 1990’s by a shorter 7-session version for low-risk families with pre- and early teens (SFP10-14). SFP6-11 has now been joined by 14-session versions for high-risk families with both younger children (SFP3-5) and early teens (SFP12-16).

Download the early 2009 calendar for Strengthening Family Program sessions in Yonkers

Six juvenile offender programs identified by Institute as evidence-based are profiled through program descriptions, quality assurance information, and cost-benefit figures. By Elizabeth Drake, Washington State Institute for Public Policy, June 2007.
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Implementation Reporting Forms

Current Year 2 forms

(Year 1 forms)

Disproportionate Minority Contact

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Other Criminal Justice Information and Resources

Policy makers are beginning to recognize that draconian mandatory sentencing laws are illogical - sociologically and economically. Op-Ed by Charles M. Blow

As cash-starved states slash mental health programs in communities and schools, they are increasingly relying on the juvenile corrections system to handle a generation of young offenders with psychiatric disorders. About two-thirds of the nation’s juvenile inmates — who numbered 92,854 in 2006, down from 107,000 in 1999 — have at least one mental illness, according to surveys of youth prisons, and are more in need of therapy than punishment.

Blueprint for Change: A Comprehensive Model for the Identification and Treatment of Youth with Mental Health Needs in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System represents four years of work to develop a conceptual and practical framework for juvenile justice and mental health systems to use when developing strategies, policies, and services aimed at improving mental health services for youth involved with the juvenile justice system. The Model, which sets the highest goals for systems to work toward, summarizes what we now know about the best way to identify and treat mental disorders among youth at key stages of juvenile justice processing, and offers recommendations, guidelines, and examples for how best to do this.

Research and Program Brief

This issue of Focal Point describes the need for, and provides examples of, new strategies for meeting the mental health needs of children and adolescents involved with the juvenile justice system.

NEW YORK - For the first time in U.S. history, more than one of every 100 adults is in jail or prison, according to a new report documenting America’s rank as the world’s No. 1 incarcerator. It urges states to curtail corrections spending by placing fewer low-risk offenders behind bars. Prison spending ballooned from $11 billion to $49 billion in 2 decades. “Getting tough on criminals has gotten tough on taxpayers,” said the project’s director, Adam Gelb. “For some groups, the incarceration numbers are especially startling,” the report said. “While one in 30 men between the ages of 20 and 34 is behind bars, for black males in that age group the figure is one in nine.”

Join Together is a project of the Boston University School of Public Health. Since 1991, Join Together has supported community-based efforts to advance effective alcohol and drug policy, prevention, and treatment. Join Together leads initiatives to help communities respond to the harms caused by excessive alcohol and drug use and provides free internet services supporting their efforts. The link above takes you to a site where you can sign up to receive any of the following free internet resources: Daily News Edition, Weekly News Roundup, the monthly Treatment Practitioner's Research Bulletin, or the Funding News Weekly.

The NCJRS site has links to a wide variety of publications, research, and grant information. Major categories include Corrections, Courts, Crime, Crime Prevention, Drugs, Justice System, Juvenile Justice, Law Enforcement, and Victims.
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