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Bureau of Juvenile Services: the Bureau serving children and adolescents in the juvenile justice system. Expanding community-based services and the continuum of care along with residential options for girls as well as boys. Recognizing that young people obtaining services through our Agency lives are more complicated than their court status would describe

The Child Health and Development Institute of Connecticut, Inc.: 270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 367, Farmington, CT 06032, (860) 679-1519. CFC is a nonprofit charitable foundation dedicated to improving the healthy development of Connecticut’s children.

Connecticut Juvenile Justice Alliance: 2470 Fairfield Avenue, Bridgeport, CT 06605, 203-579-2727. Collaborative effort of the Center for Children's Advocacy, Connecticut Voices for Children, RYASAP, and The Tow Foundation. Promoting a safe, effective and equitable system of services designed to meet the needs of children and adolescents in, or at-risk of becoming involved in, the juvenile justice system.

Children, Youth and the Police 2006 Manual: [pdf] Revised 2006. Connecticut General Statutes 7-294y requires that each police department establish a written policy regarding the handling and processing of juveniles. The JJAC developed this document to assist police departments in developing such a policy. The report was published in 1991 and was revised in 1995, 1997, 2002 and 2006.

State Statutes on Juvenile Interagency Information & Record Sharing [pdf]

Police Working with Youth in Non-Enforcement Roles Outcome Evaluation 2004-2005 June 2006 [pdf]: Program for local public agencies provides funds to increase or enhance positive Police interactions with youth outside of the traditional enforcement role. Examples include Police Explorers; Police Academies; Police-led athletics, skill training, or social events for youth; Police participation with youth in adventure activities.

Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee: Overview of the juvenile justice system in Connecticut including goals, services, and statistics. Information on minority overrepresentation in Connecticut's juvenile justice system with links to related information.   A Reassessment of Minority Overrepresentation in Connecticut's Juvenile Justice System [pdf]: From Eliot C. Hartstone, Ph.D.and Dorinda M. Richetelli, June 5, 2001. A look at the extent to which Black and Hispanic juveniles 10 - 16 years of age are overrepresented in the juvenile justice system across the state of Connecticut.

Connecticut for Community Youth Development (CCYD): Statewide project that stimulates state and local commitment to positive youth development as an essential prerequisite for healthy communities. Its aim is to increase the number of young citizens who are contributing members of their communities.

Connecticut Joint Juvenile Services Strategic Plan: In January 2005, the Connecticut Department of Children, Youth, and Families and the Judicial Branch (Court Support Services Division) began a working process to develop a joint juvenile justice strategic plan. CWLA is facilitating the development of an interagency juvenile justice strategic plan that will guide the delivery of services and efficient allocation of resources within the Connecticut juvenile justice system over three to five years.

Raise the Age CT: Project of the Campaign 4 Youth Justice, which seeks to raise awareness about the impact of prosecuting youth in the adult criminal justice system and change the policies that allow this practice. Raise the Age CT believes that teenagers and adults are different and should be held accountable for their actions in different ways.

National Association to PROTECT Children -

Children's Rights

American Bar Association, National Center for Children and the Law ( The ABA initiative to advance children's lives through "law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy." Website includes links to the National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues, the National Child Welfare Court Improvement Webpage, and other reports, journals, and a calendar of training conferences.

The Alliance for Justice ( The Alliance for Justice is a national association of environmental, civil rights, mental health, women's, children's and consumer advocacy organizations. Since its inception in 1979, the Alliance has worked to advance the cause of justice for all Americans, strengthen the public interest community's ability to influence public policy, and foster the next generation of advocates.

Annie E. Casey Foundation ( The Casey Foundation is one of the United States' leading philanthropic organizations supporting research and policy work about children and youth, with a particular focus on at-risk children. It publishes each year a national data book called KidsCount that is an invaluable source of information about the well being of the nation's children.

Benton Foundation's Connect for Kids ( This website seeks to bring together data, research, policy recommendations, and best practices from all over the nation. A weekly electronic newsletter also is published; subscription is free.

The Clearinghouse on International Developments in Child, Youth and Family Policies ( The Clearinghouse provides cross-national comparative information about the policies, programs, benefits and services available in 23 industrialized countries that address child, youth, and family needs. The Clearinghouse disseminates information via this web site as well as periodic newsletters, issue briefs, and press releases.

Children's Rights ( A national non-profit organization that grew out of the ACLU that brings systemic class action litigation to protect the rights of abused and neglected children who are in state foster care systems.

The Children's Defense Fund ( lobbies for all the children of American, paying particular attention to the needs of poor and minority children and those with disabilities.

National Association of Child Advocates ( A national association of state-based child advocacy organizations. Includes at least one child advocacy organization per state.

National Center for Children in Poverty ( NCCP identifies and promotes strategies to prevent young child poverty in the United States and improve the life chances of the millions of children under age six who are growing up poor.

National Center for Youth Law ( A private, non-profit law office serving the legal needs of children and their families, the National Center for Youth Law uses the law to protect children from the harms caused by poverty and to improve the lives of children living in poverty.

UNICEF ( Established by the United Nations after World War II as the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund, UNICEF provides an important role internationally in education about the Convention on the Rights of the Child and about the well being of children all over the world. Its Innocenti Research Center is a useful source of research on social and economic policy and the application of human rights instruments for the protection of children and youth.

The Youth Law Center ( The Youth Law Center works to protect abused and at-risk children. Their goal is to ensure that vulnerable children are provided with the conditions and services they need to grow into healthy, productive adults.

Criminal Justice Reform

Amnesty International ( Amnesty International is dedicated to freeing prisoners of conscience, gaining fair trials for political prisoners, ending torture, political killings and "disappearances," and abolishing the death penalty throughout the world.

Building Blocks for Youth ( Building Blocks for Youth is an alliance of children's advocates, researchers, law enforcement professionals and community organizers that seeks to protect minority youth in the justice system and promote rational and effective justice policies.

Criminal Justice Policy Foundation ( CJPF provides information about issues in state and federal anti-crime proposals, e.g. "three strikes and you're out," mandatory minimum sentences, drug sentences, crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity, forfeiture, gun control, crime prevention, prison construction, community policing, juvenile delinquency and prosecution, federalization of local crimes.

Blueprints for Violence Prevention: has identified 11 prevention and intervention programs that meet a strict scientific standard of program effectiveness. The 11 model programs have been effective in reducing adolescent violent crime, aggression, delinquency, and substance abuse.

Cost-Effective Interventions for Juvenile Offenders: Dr. Peter Greenwood's Powerpoint presentation that he gave in front of Judiciary, Childrens, and Appropriations committees on March 9, 2007 for Educate the Legislature Day.

Justice Information Center ( A clearinghouse for information on criminal and criminal youth justice, the Justice Information Center allows users to search its holdings by topic and keyword.

National Prison Project ( The National Prison Project (ACLU) seeks to reduce prison overcrowding, reduce reliance on incarceration as a criminal justice sanction, create constitutional prison conditions and strengthen prisoners' rights through a program of class action litigation and public education.

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention ( OJJDP was established as part of the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 with a primary mandate of removing status offenders from juvenile detention and correctional facilities (status offenders are youth who have committed offenses that would not be crimes if they had been committed by adults). Its website has an abundance of information about juvenile justice, risk-factors for juvenile delinquency, best practices in juvenile delinquency prevention and juvenile justice reform initiatives.

Vera Institute of Justice ( Working in collaboration with government and local communities, Vera designs and implements innovative programs that expand the practice of justice in public service and improve the quality of urban life. Vera operates demonstration projects, conducts original research, and offers technical assistance to public officials in New York City and beyond.

Juvenile Suicide

Connecticut Youth Suicide Advisory Board ( The Connecticut Youth Suicide Advisory Board was established within the Department of Children and Families to increase public awareness of the existence of youth suicide, to promote means of prevention and to make recommendations to the Commissioner regarding the prevention of youth suicide.

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