The resources in this section include various publications and media produced by CFCC staff; and links to useful websites for practitioners and persons interested in juvenile justice and delinquency.
AOC Literature Review: Mental Health Courts (April 2012)
This is an overview of the literature on mental health diversion programs and mental health courts.
Balanced and Restorative Justice: An Information Manual for California (2006)
This manual catalogs balanced and restorative justice practices and model programs being used in California and around the country. It provides contact information for practitioners and descriptions of practices being followed in local communities. The manual is a resource for the courts, and it encourages judges and community stakeholders to develop collaborative partnerships that can improve outcomes for youth, victims, and communities affected by crime.
California Probation Services Survey (2006)
This study quantifies the array of adult and juvenile probation services available across counties, tells how those services are funded, describes the functions provided by probation staff, and details the amount of probation staff time. The study makes several findings that build on the work of the Probation Services Task Force and that will inform how the task force recommendations are implemented.
Community Justice: What's in It for You? (2004)
This pamphlet provides a brief description of the benefits that community justice programs provide to the various criminal justice stakeholders and how to apply them in your community.
Defining Recidivism in Juvenile Justice (April 2012)
This is an overview of common definitions of recidivism and the challenges of not having one standardized definition.
Developing Effective Practices in Juvenile Delinquency Caseflow Management (2006)
on a previous analysis of caseflow management and the processing of
cases in criminal and family courts, the Administrative Office of the
Courts, Center for Families, Children & the Courts completed a
survey of current caseflow management techniques in juvenile delinquency
courts. It identifies the major caseflow management issues facing
California juvenile delinquency judges, attorneys, probation officers,
court administrators, and court staff and provides examples of practices
in use in California courts.
Effective Representation of Children in Juvenile Delinquency Court (2004)
brochure provides juvenile court defense attorneys with both guidance
on fulfilling the requirements of rule 5.663 of the California Rules of
Court and suggestions for effective advocacy beyond what is mandated by
Practice and the Juvenile Delinquency Court: Integrating Justice Practices
This briefing provides an overview of the application of evidence-based
practice (EBP) tools and programs in delinquency court, including a discussion
of the how the roles of judicial officers, prosecutors, defense, and probation
intersect with the EBP in the courtroom.
Family-Based Treatment Models - Effective Practices for Treating Youth Who Have Antisocial and Delinquent Behaviors (April 2009)
A summary of four successful evidence-based family treatment models designed to serve delinquent and substance-abusing youth.
How Practices and Programs Become Evidence Based: A Review of Juvenile Justice Research (February 2012)
briefing describes what "evidence based" means and the process by which
a practice or program becomes a best practice or evidence based. The
briefing also details the principles of effective intervention, the
principles that must be adhered to in order for practices and programs
to be effective.
Trafficking Cases in California’s Courts: Successful Practices in the Emerging
Field of Human Trafficking (December 2012)
This briefing discusses the definition and scope of human trafficking, risk
factors for becoming a trafficking victim, the dynamics of how perpetrators
maintain trafficking victims, and how trafficking cases present themselves in
Information for Victims: Your Rights and Role in the Juvenile Court Process (2006)
provides basic information to help victims understand the juvenile
court process and exercise their rights to information and assistance.
Juvenile Delinquency Court Assessment (2008)
Juvenile Delinquency Court Assessment was a comprehensive research
study of the California delinquency court system based on surveys and
focus groups conducted with delinquency court professionals and court
Delinquency Court Performance Measurement as an Evidence-Based Practice (December
This briefing provides a description of how delinquency court performance
measures can inform system evaluation, including an overview of how performance
measures can be used to evaluate the impact of evidence-based practices on
Juvenile Delinquency Flow Chart (2010)
This flow chart outlines how a delinquency case moves through the court system.
Probation Services Task Force: Final Report (June 2003)
report contains the findings and recommendations of the Probation
Services Task Force, an 18-member body formed in August 2000 to
undertake a comprehensive examination of probation in California. This
report details the scope of the task force's examination, summarizes
input from stakeholders around the state, makes recommendations focused
on enhancing probation in California, and lays out a research agenda for
Restitution Basics for Victims of Crimes by Juveniles (June 2012)
overview of restitution and step by step instruction on how to collect
money victims are owed as a result of a juvenile offense.
and Assessments Used in the Juvenile Justice System - Evaluating Risks
and Needs of Youth in the Juvenile Justice System (February 2011)
overview of screening and assessment instruments, including a summary
of issues related to instrument validation, selection, and
Screenings and Assessments Used in the Juvenile Justice System - Juvenile Mental Health Screenings and Assessments (February 2011)
overview of screening and assessment instruments used to detect mental
health problems in juveniles entering the delinquency system.
Screenings and Assessments Used in the Juvenile Justice System - Juvenile Risk and Needs Screenings and Assessments (December 2011)
An overview of risk and needs instruments used in California’s juvenile justice system.
and Assessments Used in the Juvenile Justice System: Tools for Assessing Sexual
The briefing provides an overview of the prevalence of juvenile sexual
offending, recidivism rates, and recent changes to state and federal
legislation that apply to juveniles who have committed sexual offenses.
Truancy and School Discipline: An Overview of the Literature and Statistics (November 2012)
resource for California courts working with their justice partners and
other stakeholders to develop collaborative solutions to truancy and
school discipline issues in their communities.
Victim Offender Reconciliation Programs Report (2000)
This report reviews six programs in California. It includes contact information for programs throughout California and resources such as publications, videos, organizations, and training programs.
Juvenile Delinquency Court Orientation Video
This 13-minute video helps youth, their parents, and victims of juvenile crime to understand delinquency court. The video walks the viewer through the common types of juvenile hearings and explains what to expect during the course of a typical delinquency court case. It is appropriate for delinquency court waiting rooms, juvenile halls, and attorney or probation offices. The video is in English; a Spanish version will be produced but is not yet available. In addition to being available online for the public here and at the California Courts Online Self-Help Center, the video can be requested on a DVD by California courts and their justice partners. To order a copy, contact Cindy Chen.