Sarah Vidal to Discuss Effects of Kentucky’s Juvenile Justice Reform

Sarah Vidal
Sarah Vidal served as Principal Investigator evaluating the state’s juvenile justice reform efforts to improve systems and youth outcomes.

Westat’s Sarah Vidal, Ph.D., a Senior Study Director, will join colleagues for a webinar to discuss key findings from the implementation and outcome evaluation of Kentucky’s juvenile justice system reform efforts made possible through Senate Bill (SB) 200. The webinar, Juvenile Justice Reforms in Kentucky: Evaluation Findings and Lessons Learned, will be held on September 24, 2020, 2:00-3:15 pm (EST).

The SB 200 legislation seeks to improve systems and youth outcomes by:

  • Expanding access to timely, quality treatment and supervision in the community
  • Focusing the most intensive resources on serious offenders
  • Enhancing data collection and oversight mechanisms to ensure the policies are working

Dr. Vidal served as Principal Investigator for the evaluations and will be joined by the following:

  • Ben Adams, Social Science Analyst, National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
  • Megan Foster, Program Analyst, American Probation and Parole Association
  • Rachel Bingham, Executive Officer, Family and Juvenile Services, Kentucky Administrative Office of the Courts
  • LaShana M. Harris, Commissioner, Kentucky Department of Juvenile Justice

This project was supported by grant #2016-JF-FX-0058 funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention and managed by NIJ, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice.

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