6th US JJ Reform Forum - Democratic Prevention Approaches: The WATSON-Model: Effective Technology Based Individual Case Management

Hon. Judge Dr. Anthony Capizzi
Montgomery County Juvenile Court, Ohio/USA
Petra Guder
Transatlantischer Dialog/GMAD e. V.

Valid national data constitutes the foundation for goal oriented, systematic and successful Cross-over-Strategies as part of the US Juvenile Justice Reform. Examples of evidence based scientific and practice projects illustrate the importance of a comprehensive system networking of Child Welfare and JJ Systems, specifically for youth involved in both systems (a.k.a. Cross-Over-Youth).

The WATSON-Model is the foundation for a technology supported individual case management to be able to make most informed decisions in the best interest of youth and their families to provide more effective treatment and is very helpful to detect error sources and to correct them.

The presentation will define and explore Montgomery County, Ohio, Juvenile Court’s use of IBM Watson, a cloud-based client record management program that compiles information spanning judicial, probation, and clinical domains to create a complete picture of a youth or parent’s status, which aids the Court in developing personalized treatment plans. Judge Capizzi will demonstrate how cognitive computing is being used in his Juvenile Drug Treatment Court, Mental Health Court, and Family Treatment Court to better serve the community.