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Research and Data

thin red lineOur Research and Data Unit provides continuous analysis and evaluation of the agency’s programs and initiatives.  Statistical analyses are conducted on a wide range of juvenile justice matters that assist with the establishment and revision of the agency’s strategic plan and performance measures, including tracking progress toward long- and short-term goals.

Research and Data provides systematic and objective information about the risk factors that contribute to youth's involvement in the juvenile justice system and the protective factors that protect youth against system involvement. Research also helps us understand adolescent behaviors and system responses, including the interventions most likely to reduce youth involvement with the system and promote positive outcomes.

SCDJJ uses this information to prioritize issues, guide the development of policies and programs, and inform training and technical assistance. We also uses the latest tools and resources to disseminate juvenile justice data, statistics, and research findings and make these findings more accessible and applicable to local needs and issues.