Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab

Juvenile Justice and Reform Projects

All projects in the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform lab are designed to improve juvenile justice policy and practice to produce better outcomes for youth and communities.

Projects span a variety of areas—from more traditional forensic psychology research on adolescents’ legal decision-making capacities to translational research focused on developing effective juvenile justice policies and practices. They range further—from implementation science projects replicating best practices in juvenile justice to evaluations of new and existing juvenile justice policies and programs.

Beyond research, the Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab provides training and technical assistance in each of its core project areas to help juvenile justice agencies and personnel enhance the effectiveness and fairness of their systems, generate better outcomes for youth, and improve community safety.

The Juvenile Justice Research and Reform Lab emphasizes large-scale system reform and current projects include:

  1. 1) Evaluating the Philadelphia Police School Diversion Program: Dismantling the School-to-Prison Pipeline

  2. 2) Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating Graduated Response Programming in Juvenile Probation: Creating More Effective and Developmentally Informed Systems

  3. 3) Evaluating the PA Disproportionate Minority Contact Youth/Law Enforcement Curriculum: Improving Relationships and Narrowing Disparities

  4. 4) Examining Juveniles' Miranda Rights Comprehension and Waiver Decisions: Protecting the Constitutional Rights of Youth Suspects

  5. 5) Investigating Juveniles’ Competence to Stand Trial in Argentina: Generating Empirical Findings to Inform Legislative Change

  6. 6) Developing and Evaluating the Juvenile Justice Anger Management Treatment for Girls: Producing an Effective, Gender-Specific Intervention to Reduce Anger and Aggression