National Juvenile Justice Experts Announce First Ever Juvenile Probation Reform Academy Exclusively for Probation and Parole Professionals

Posted by Edward Loughran
March 09, 2015

The American Probation and Parole Association (APPA), the Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center, and the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice have partnered to establish a Juvenile Probation Reform Academy for juvenile probation and parole leaders and managers.

The program will be held at the 40th annual APPA training institute in Los Angeles on July 13–15, and is made possible through the support of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

As confinement rates have declined by almost half over the last 15 years, probation departments are increasingly challenged to use their resources efficiently to supervise high-risk youth in the community. Research shows that supervision agencies can have a significant impact on recidivism by matching youth with the appropriate level, type, and quality of supervision and services. However, few comprehensive, high-quality professional development opportunities exist to help juvenile probation and parole leaders learn about the research on “what works” to improve youth outcomes, and how to reform their policies and practices accordingly.

The Juvenile Probation Reform Academy is designed to instruct probation and parole directors and managers on the core principles demonstrated by research to reduce recidivism and improve other outcomes for youth in the juvenile justice system. Participants will develop strategies for applying this research to their own agencies and will learn how to conduct a systematic review of agency policies, practices, and performance, and implement agency-wide reforms.

This program will be accredited by APPA and the state of California. Participants will earn a certificate of completion at the conclusion of the program, and will receive up to six months of follow-up support and technical assistance through distance- and peer-learning activities to implement its key takeaways.

Participation in the Juvenile Probation Reform Academy is limited, and probation and parole professionals must competitively apply. Applications are due April 17.

For more information and to apply, please go to


Related Core Curriculum Publications

Wiig, Janet and John A Tuell. Probation Review Guidebook. Boston, MA: Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, 2011. Retrievable at

Weber, Josh and Nastassia Walsh and Elizabeth Seigle. Core Principles for Reducing Recidivism and Improving Other Outcomes for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System. New York: Council of State Governments Justice Center, 2014. Retrievable at



The APPA is an international membership association that provides training and technical assistance to individuals who are actively involved with pretrial, probation, parole, and community-based corrections, in both criminal and juvenile justice arenas.


The CSG Justice Center is a national organization that provides technical assistance and a broad range of nonpartisan, evidence-based strategies and services to policymakers across the country to improve outcomes for youth and adults in the justice system.


The RFK National Resource Center, led by Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps, provides consultation, technical assistance, and training to serve local, state, and national leaders, practitioners and youth-serving agencies to improve system performance and outcomes for youth involved with the juvenile justice system.