A DEVELOPMENTAL APPROACH
A three-year plan of implementation strategies was developed to guide youth intervention programs, policies and procedures to achieve the three main goals of the juvenile justice system;
Hold youth accountable for wrong doing
Prevent further offending
Treat Juveniles fairly
The National Research Council identified seven hallmarks of a developmental approach and emphasized that leaders in the juvenile justice community must make reform a priority to improve the nations juvenile justice system and redesign national youth policy.
Building internal capacity within an organization, including training and technical assistance, research, demonstration programs and partnerships which incorporate the seven hallmarks of a developmental approach was one of the primary components of the OJJDP framework.
From a practice- oriented perspective One Command Post succinctly provides training in daily implementation of community policing & juvenile justice reform from a developmental approach.
In 2013, a report entitled, Juvenile Justice Reform; A Developmental Approach, was published by the U.S. National Research Council. Professional members from the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering and the Institute of Medicine were chosen for professional balance to form a committee and assess recent U.S. initiatives in Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. The final repot articulated an urgent need for the Juvenile justice community to reform juvenile justice based on a framework of the science of child and adolescent development.