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Evidence Based Practices in Utah Juvenile Court


Welcome to the Utah Juvenile Court Evidence-Based Practices (EBP) Website. Since 1998, the Utah Juvenile Court and the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS) have collaborated to improve practices in working with delinquent youth by implementing evidence-based practices (EBP). The goal of this continuing process is to incorporate EBP into each component of the system and into each step of working with delinquent youth.This webpage provides an overview of evidence-based practices and resources utilized by the Utah Juvenile Court and the Utah Division of Juvenile Justice Services (JJS). Detailed information on the use of risk assessments, the case planning model, probation officer career track, implementation time lines, and program evaluation process are available on this page. Additionally, the webpage includes electronic copies of the abbreviated and extended versions of the Case Planning Toolkit. Additional components of the web page are currently under construction and should be available by March 2014.

EBP Timeline

  • Utah EBP Timeline - PDF Document PDF

Risk Assessments

  • Utilizing Risk Assessment - PDF Document

Probation Supervision Case Plan

  • Probation Case Plan - PDF Document PDF

Case Planning Toolkit

  • Case Planning Toolkit Abbreviated Edition (October 2013) - PDF Document PDF
  • Case Planning Toolkit Extended Edition (October 2013) - PDF Document PDF


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EBP and Probation Officer (PO) Career Track

Juvenile probation chiefs, supervisors, and officers in Utah are highly trained experts with extensive experience and education who are focused on assisting youth and families in changing behaviors. In Utah, 22.4% of juvenile probation workers have a Master's Degree or higher and all have a Bachelor's degree. On average, juvenile probation workers have 11.6 years of experience and 18% are bilingual or multilingual. In addition, juvenile probation chiefs, supervisors, and officers receive extensive initial and ongoing training. Please see the career track documents below for additional information.

  • PO Career Track Guidelines and Instructions - PDF Document PDF
  • PO Career Track - PDF Document PDF
  • PO Career Track Table - PDF Document PDF

Implementation and Quality Assurance

  • EBP Implementation
    • Implementing Evidence Based Practices in Utah - PDF Document PDF
    • Models For Change Guidebook for Risk Assessment Implementation - PDF Document PDF
    • Models For Change Appendices - PDF Document PDF
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Program Fidelity

  • Implementing a Program Evaluation Process - PDF Document PDF
  • Utah Correctional Program Checklist (CPC) Overview - PDF Document PDF
  • CPC Web-based Program Assessment Tool - PDF Document PDF
  • Example CPC Program Evaluation Report - PDF Document PDF

EBP Frequently Asked Questions

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  • The Achilles Heel of Evidence-Based Practices authored by W.D. Burrell. Available at: www.napehome.org.
  • Cutting Recidivism: What Works and What Doesn't authored by E. Latessa. Available at: http://www.the-slammer.org/carousel/cutting-recidivism-what-works-what-doesn%E2%80%99t.
  • What Works and What Doesn't in Reducing Recidivism: The Principles of Effective Interventionauthored by E. Latessa. - PDF Document PDF (txcorrections.org)
  • Exploring the Black Box of Community Supervision authored by J. Bonta, T. Rugge, T. Scott, G. Bourgon, & A. Yessine in Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, Vol. 47 (3), 248-270. - PDF Document PDF (colorado.gov)
  • Guide for Implementing the Balanced and Restorative Justice Model from the Office of JuvenileJustice and Delinquency Prevention, Department of Justice (OJJDP). Available at: http://www.ojjdp.gov/pubs/implementing/intro.html.
  • Implementing Evidence-Based Practices authored by F. Domurad & M. Carey of The Carey Group. - PDF Document PDF (cepp.com)
  • Interventions for High-Risk Youth: Applying Evidence-Based Theory and Practice to the Work of Roca from the Crime and Justice Institute at CRJ. Available at: http://cjinstitute.org/publications/highriskyouthroca.
  • Overview of Motivational Interviewing. - PDF Document PDF (motivationalinterview.org).
  • Reducing the Harm: Identifying Appropriate Programming for Low-Risk Offenders authored by C. Lowenkamp, P. Smith, K. & Bechetel in Corrections Today, Vol. 69 (No. 6). Available at: PDF Document PDF (aca.org)
  • Rehabilitating Criminal Justice Policy & Practice authored by D.A. Andrews & J. Bonta inPsychology, Public Policy, and Law, Vol. 16 (No. 1), 39-55. - PDF Document PDF (hsjcc.on.ca)

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