Assessing the evidence of criminal justice.


Our understanding of the individual-, community-, and society-level factors that contribute to crime and violence is rapidly evolving. The mounting scientific evidence of how trauma affects us, physically and mentally, is resulting in a paradigm shift in the provision of survivor services. And we’re just now beginning to systematically investigate how technology is being exploited to commit crimes and how to prevent cybercrime. At the same time, crime prevention is being revolutionized through new technologies and approaches.

DSG’s Justice Practice is devoted to reducing and preventing all forms of crime and violence, as well as improving outcomes for juveniles and adults who come in contact with the justice system, through the study and application of evidence-based programs, practices, and interventions.

Everyday our team of research scientists and consultants work together with other organizations and local, state, tribal, and federal justice agencies to apply what works to address some of the most pressing issues in juvenile and criminal justice, including

  • Youth and gang violence
  • Bullying and cyberbullying
  • Human trafficking
  • Commercial sexual exploitation of children
  • Facilities management
  • ID theft
  • Recidivism
  • Trauma-informed approaches
  • Police–community relations
  • Returning citizens
  • Disproportionate minority contact
Research and Evaluation

DSG engages in original quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research to shed light on poorly understood juvenile and criminal justice issues. We also conduct systematic research reviews and meta-analyses, as well as secondary data analysis.

Evaluation of Safe Harbor Laws and Their Impact on the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children Recover Me if You Can: Assessing Services to Victims of Identity Theft
Consequences of School Violence: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis
The Girls Circle: An Evaluation of a Structured Support Group Program for Girls

DSG is an established leader in assessing the evidence of criminal justice, juvenile justice, and crime victim services programs and practices. For the U.S. Department of Justice, we designed, developed, and manage two important clearinghouses of evidence-based programs and practices.

Model Programs Guide
Training and Technical Assistance

DSG works with juvenile and criminal justice organizations and agencies to build capacity, form strategic partnerships, maintain resiliency, and achieve sustainability. In addition to expert consulting, we design, deliver, organize, facilitate, and manage all manner of training and technical assistance, including in-person and Web-based training.

Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance Program
Smart on Juvenile Justice: Technical Assistance to End Racial and Ethnic Disparities in the Juvenile Justice System
Faith- and Community-Based Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Program
Management Consulting

DSG applies objectivity, rigorous analysis, and the best of science in our work with juvenile and criminal justice organizations to improve performance and service delivery by getting everyone working toward the same goals.

Colorado Division of Youth Services Program Performance Evaluation
Communications and Technology

DSG provides first-rate editorial, design, and information technology expertise to help juvenile and criminal justice organizations effectively connect their message to their target audience.

Youth Violence Prevention News
Model Programs Guide
Conference Management and Event Planning

DSG plans and produces trade shows, exhibits, conferences, and other thought-leadership events for groups of all sizes, adhering to best practices and ethics of the meeting management profession.

Youth Violence Prevention Coordinated Technical Assistance Program
Featured Projects