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CJJA Policy Library

This page will be updated periodically as policies are submitted for review and approved by the panel.

The following policies are provided for reference and consideration. Readers should not interpret the CJJA Policy Library as an endorsement of a particular policy or as a representation of a “gold standard.” Rather, the intent of the library is to evoke discussion within your jurisdiction regarding best practices and key elements to include in policies and procedures. Jurisdictions must consider these policies in the context of their unique juvenile justice system structure; state and local mandates; risk tolerance level; and other individual needs.

Click on the links within each category below to see related best practice policies.


CJJA is a national non-profit organization dedicated to the education and support of its members. As such, CJJA strives to keep its members connected to the latest information and resources in the field of juvenile justice.

CJJA does this through internal publications and documents as well as keeping its members connected to other organizations with similar goals.


Intended to guide juvenile justice administrators and their directors of institutions and secure facilities.

CJJA Gang Reduction Strategies for Juvenile Justice Facilities Toolkit

CJJA Gang Reduction Strategies for Juvenile Justice Facilities Toolkit – Espanol

The toolkit was prepared by the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators, in partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The purpose of the toolkit is to provide an overview of research and information to juvenile justice agency leaders and facility practitioners to inform their work with gang-involved youth residing in custodial settings.

CJCA Positive Youth Development Toolkit

The Positive Youth Development Toolkit is designed to help agencies, organizations, and stakeholders improve services, programs, and outcomes for youth involved in the juvenile justice system. The toolkit is based on recommendations shared at the 2015 CJCA Leadership Institute that included the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) address on positive youth development.

CJJA Toolkit for Reducing the Use of Isolation

CJJA Toolkit for Reducing the Use of Isolation-Espanol

This Toolkit is intended to guide youth correctional administrators and their directors of institutions and secure facilities in changing cultures that rely on isolation as a behavior management tool. The Toolkit was inspired by a panel presentation at the 2014 Leadership Institute Meeting in Chicago that included CEOs from Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts and Oregon, moderated by OJJDP Administrator Robert Listenbee. Current best practices and ideas for replication emerged from breakout groups that included over 40 youth corrections leaders and a lively roundtable discussion that closed the meeting.

CJCA Strategic Downsizing Toolkit

Toolkit Executive Summary July 2018

Across the country, juvenile justice systems are changing their services to better align with the needs of youth and communities. In many jurisdictions, this includes reducing the number of youth in residential placements and in some cases closing juvenile justice facilities. From 2006 to 2016, the number of these facilities holding youth on a given day fell from 2649 to 1772, a one third reduction. Although closing a facility is challenging, it can be managed effectively and create opportunities to realign resources, examine bed capacity needs, re-examine practices and improve long-term outcomes.

CJCA’s Toolkit: Facility Closure and Strategic Downsizing of Juvenile Justice Systems provides guidance on carrying out facility closures and related system improvements, based on the experience and expertise of CJCA members.

CJJA Staff Recruitment and Retention Toolkit

CJJA Staff Recruitment and Retention Toolkit-Espanol

This toolkit was prepared by the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators with support from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention through the Center for Coordinated Assistance to the States (CCAS). CCAS is a cooperative agreement among the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the American Institutes for Research (AIR). CJJA partners with AIR and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University to assess the need for and coordinate the delivery of high-quality research-driven training and technical assistance to improve juvenile justice policy and practice.

Webinar Recordings

CJJA partners with additional agencies to present learning seminars to the juvenile justice field. CJJA Positive Youth Outcomes (PYO) committee, comprised of CJJA members, research, and clinical staff, develop webinar series to assist juvenile justice individuals improve in the collection and utilization of positive youth outcome data to identify programs and services that effectively rehabilitate delinquent youths.

White Papers

Guides to understanding the complex issues facing juvenile services agencies.

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