Intensive Session: Rethinking Juvenile Probation: Three Key Lessons Learned from a Decade of Systems Reform...


Sunday, August 18, 2019
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Session Type: Intensive

As juvenile incarceration rates have declined nationally by over 50 percent in the last decade, juvenile probation agencies are increasingly challenged to serve higher-risk youth and address the complex array of youth’s needs in the community. This intensive session will challenge juvenile probation leaders, managers, and staff to consider the need to not simply tweak their approaches, but to institute fundamental changes in three key areas of policy, practice, and funding to significantly reduce recidivism and improve outcomes for youth. Participants will benefit from learning from national experts on research, best practice from other jurisdictions, implementation science, and out-of-the-box approaches to diversion; instituting and enforcing conditions of probation; and repositioning probation officers as agents of positive youth behavior change. In each area, participants will have the opportunity to share challenges and best practices with their peers and identify concrete next steps for system improvement in their own locales.


Kari Harp
Associate Executive Director, Robert F Kennedy Children's Action Corps

Kari Harp is the Associate Executive Director for the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice. Prior to joining the Center team, Ms. Harp gained extensive experience in system improvement and collaboration while working in the non-profit, youth-serving and government fields. Most recently, she served as the Director of the San Luis Valley Joint Interagency Oversight Group.

John Tuell
Executive Director, RFK National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice

John A. Tuell serves as the Executive Director for the Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice. Mr. Tuell has devoted his career to reforming the juvenile justice and related systems, including working in the Fairfax County, Virginia Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court as a probation, intake, and residential group care manager and serving as the Deputy Director of the State Relations and Assistance Division in the federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.

Josh Weber
Program Director, Council of State Governments

Josh Weber directs the CSG Justice Center's Juvenile Justice program, which focuses on helping states use effective methods to improve outcomes for youth in contact with the juvenile justice system. Previously, Josh spent 10 years working on building the capacity of programs and systems that serve vulnerable youth in the juvenile justice, youth development, workforce development, and child welfare systems.