Special Reports

Special reports are prepared occasionally as part of collaborative policy and engagement partnerships and projects.

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Release Date Special Report

A Citizen’s Guide to the Cleveland Police Consent Decree with a Special Focus on Implications for Children & Young People

The Schubert Center supports advancing positive interactions between youth and police and promotes developmentally informed policies and practices. This guide was created to help the Cleveland community – and specifically young people – better understand the consent decree involving the CLE police.

After an investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice in 2013-2014 of the Cleveland Division of Police (CDP), the Cleveland Consent Decree, or Settlement Agreement, went into effect on June 12, 2015. This court-enforceable agreement details problems that the DOJ found within the CDP and deadlines for correcting this problems. One of the important components of the Consent Decree is that the Cleveland community should be involved in its implementation. To help make the large 105-page document accessible to the larger community, and specifically youth, the Schubert Center for Child Studies created a “Citizen’s Guide to the Consent Decree.” This guide is being released today, February 14, 2017, as part of the Community Police Commission’s Day of Justice for Cleveland students.


Getting it Right: Realigning Juvenile Corrections in Ohio to Reinvest in What Works — Gabriella Celeste, JD, Director, Child Policy

Ohio offers a promising example of juvenile justice system realignment and reinvestment efforts and may serve as a model for others interested in a collaborative approach to policy change and ultimately, better results for those involved in the juvenile justice system. This brief highlights the importance of fiscal realignment and incentive strategies to invest in effective community-based programming as well as the critical need for effective state-local partnerships with juvenile courts and providers, among others, to ensure the best outcomes for young people and communities.


Expanding the Toolbox: The Use of Volunteers by Public Children Service Agencies in Ohio — Presented at the PCSAO Conference on October 24, 2013.

The Schubert Center in collaboration with the Public Children Services Agency of Ohio (PCSAO) conducted a study about the use of volunteers by Public Children Service Agencies (PCSAs) in major metropolitan counties in Ohio. Schubert Center Research Associate Julia Kobulsky was responsible for conducting much of the original research. Through this study we hope to encourage a dialogue regarding the use of volunteers by PCSAs and provide examples of successful volunteer programs for county PCSAs interested in expanding their volunteer utilization. Emergent best practices including the importance of designated staff, training and consistent fiscal support are discussed, as are implications for future research.


The Bridge to Somewhere: How Research Made its Way into Legislative Juvenile Justice Reform in Ohio: A Case Study — Gabriella Celeste, JD, Director, Child Policy

In 2011, Ohio Governor John Kasich signed House Bill 86, landmark legislation for juvenile justice reforms based on an understanding of evidence-based practices and adolescent development research. This legislative achievement was the result of a collaborative policy change model that relied upon critical engagement among various experts, practitioners, key stakeholders, advocates and policymakers. The case study is intended to be a learning tool for those interested in understanding a collaborative approach to policy change and potentially pursing similar policy change efforts in the future.