The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA) is pleased to announce a special, one-day Juvenile Justice Forum entitled “Breaking the Rules” to take place on Monday, August 29, 2022 at the APPA 47th Annual Training Institute. The goal of the Juvenile Justice Forum is to motivate and guide probation staff, managers, judges, and other juvenile justice stakeholders across the country to rethink and reform their approaches to juvenile probation condition setting and enforcement.
During the one-day forum, participants will attend discussion-based, action-oriented workshops with national experts and leading juvenile probation practitioners to explore:
- How and why traditional approaches to condition setting and enforcement are ineffective at promoting positive youth behavior change, accountability, and system equity.
- Strategies and lessons learned from jurisdictions on condition setting and enforcement improvement approaches that support both public safety and improved youth outcomes.
- Resources and tools available to support leadership and line staff to engage in reform initiatives.
The forum will include an opening plenary session and four 75-minute workshops. During each session, participants will have structured time, on their own or with their colleagues, to develop a reform plan for their own jurisdiction, with consulting and coaching support from forum staff and practitioner participants. The forum will include an informal networking session for participants that provides further opportunities for peer-to-peer learning.
After the forum, participant feedback from the workshops will support a national resolution from APPA and partners on the appropriate role and form of probation conditions and graduated responses in juvenile probation and court best practices.
In addition, two jurisdictions that participate in the forum will have the opportunity to competitively apply and be selected to receive intensive technical assistance from the CSG Justice Center to assess and improve their probation policies and practices.