Nevada Revised Statute (NRS) 62B.615

In 2017, the Nevada Assembly Bill 472 was passed, establishing policies to reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for juvenile justice involved youth. The Juvenile Justice Oversight Commission was established under this bill to oversee implementation and coordinate policy and practice. This bill, which was codified into law as NRS 62B.615, established an "evidence-based program resource center," now the Nevada Center for Juvenile Justice Innovation, to support quality programs and practices in Nevada's juvenile justice system.

Nevada Center for Juvenile Justice Innovation

The VISION of the Nevada Center for Juvenile Justice Innovation is for all children who have contact with the juvenile justice system to receive the right service at the right time.

The MISSION of the Nevada Center for Juvenile Justice Innovation is to provide research, training, and technical assistance on evidence-based programs, practices, and tools to be used by counties, the State, facilities and service providers.

Evidence-Based Practices Definition Matrix
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What Does Evidence-Based Mean in Nevada?

Nevada's diverse juvenile justice system benefits from a continuum of services that promote effective and innovative programming. This includes both brand-name curricula that have been empirically tested as well as emerging and promising practices that are based in research. Juvenile justice programs in Nevada will be categorized using the Evidence-Based Practices Definition Matrix, which categorizes programs based on their level of effectiveness and strength of research evidence.

NCJJI Training Video: Characteristics of Effective Juvenile Justice Programs

Evidence-based programs are often considered the gold standard of programming for youth involved in the juvenile justice system, however evaluating programs to determine their effectiveness is a rigorous, timely and costly process. A meta-analysis of hundreds of programs has identified key characteristics that effective programs share that can help professionals distinguish between programs that effectively reduce recidivism and those that have little to no effect on recidivism. This video explores four key characteristics of effective programs and their implications on juvenile justice practice.