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The New York State Youth Justice Institute strives to build and strengthen the capacity of localities around New York State to adopt evidence-informed youth justice practices. We do so by disseminating information, assisting with implementation and assessing efficacy in existing youth justice programs, and by conducting cutting-edge research to advance the science and practice of evidence-based initiatives.




Gender & Youth Justice

The Gender & Youth Justice Microsite provides practitioners and policymakers information and resources on meeting the unique gender-based needs of youth involved in the justice system, including youth who have diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions. The selected tools (e.g., guides, toolkits, webinars, scholarly articles, etc.) range from introductory to more advanced and seek to deepen relevant awareness, understanding, and practical expertise. We invite you to contribute to this site by nominating resources for future inclusion. Please submit new resources and suggestions using this form.

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NYS Youth Justice Peer Advisory Council Now Accepting Applications!

The YJI is currently seeking applications for the NYS Youth Justice Peer Advisory Council (PAC). The PAC's mission is to empower young adults with lived justice system experience to become key advisors on youth justice policy and practice development in New York State. Click here for a flyer with additional information. Applications accepted on a rolling basis.

Submit your NYS Youth Justice Peer Advisory Council (PAC) application here.


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Lunch & Learn: Presented by Dr. Catherine Kimbrell
Restorative Justice Programs and Practices in Juvenile Justice: The Research Evidence
Tuesday, February 7 at 12PM ET

Every month, the YJI brings to you the work of prominent researchers and practitioners in the field of youth justice!

For the next session of its Lunch & Learn webinar series on Tuesday, February 7 at 12PM ET, the YJI has invited Dr. Catherine Kimbrell, Senior Research Associate at Center for Evidence-Based Crime Policy at George Mason University. She will be discussing the results from the most current systematic review and meta-analysis on the effectiveness of restorative justice (RJ) programs and practices in juvenile justice, focusing on delinquency and non-delinquency outcomes.

The webinar will be webcast live and on the YJI's website at a later date.

Click here to register for this webinar session.



Lunch & Learn: Presented by Dr. Tiffany Hogan
Identification and Support for Language Learning Disabilities

Every month, the YJI brings to you the work of prominent researchers in the field of youth justice! Our "Lunch & Learn" sessions are designed to be interactive, informative, and thought-provoking.

On September 28, 2022, Dr. Dr. Tiffany Hogan, Professor in the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders at MGH Institute of Health Professions in Boston, presented as part of our Lunch & Learn series. In this talk, Dr. Herring discussed how to identify and better support children with Developmental Language Disorder (DLD).⁠

View the recordings of this and other Lunch & Learn sessions.




Beyond 2020 - The Next Normal: COVID-19 and Youth Forum

From June 1-3, 2021, the YJI held a series of panel discussions among youth justice stakeholders from around the country that explored the pandemic's continued impacts on youth, their families, and their communities; and ways to leverage challenges and lessons of the pandemic to move the field closer to eliminating of racial and ethnic disparities, ensuring equity and justice, and prioritizing individual and communal health and well-being.

Learn more about how the YJI is contributing to national and international discussions on COVID-19 and youth.






Racial Equity & Youth Justice Microsite

The Racial Equity & Youth Justice Microsite offers youth and community justice partners a curated and living array of relevant national and YJI-developed racial justice resources and research. The selected tools (guides, toolkits, webinars, scholarly articles, etc.) are meant to provide concrete supports that empower, instruct, motivate, and inspire our work to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in youth justice systems. We invite you to contribute to this site by nominating resources for future inclusion. Email nominations to [email protected].




NYS Mentoring Dashboard

Created by the YJI and the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services, the Mentoring Dashboard lists youth-focused mentoring programs around the state and is searchable by county, goal, age range, delivery style, and program length. Each entry contains key program details and website links. Access the dashboard here.


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Latinx Youth: An Issue Brief

For Latinx Heritage Month 2022, the YJI created a snapshot of Latinx youth experiences in New York State and the United States including justice system involvement, migration, and gender-based disparities. See below to read the brief!


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