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NCJ Number: NCJ 240653     Find in a Library
Title: Emerging Findings and Policy Implications From the Pathways to Desistance Study
  Document URL: PDF 
Corporate Author: National Juvenile Justice Network
United States of America
Date Published: 09/2012
Page Count: 4
  Annotation: This fact sheet from the National Juvenile Justice Network presents the findings and policy implications from the Pathways to Desistance study.
Abstract: Findings from the study include the following: 1) youth in trouble with the law vary considerably and their future development or illegal behavior cannot be predicted based on the current offense; 2) substance abuse issues can significantly increase the risk for recidivism, while treatment for substance abuse reduces recidivism risk; 3) placing youth in a juvenile institution has no effect on their rate of re-arrest; and 4) youth provided with a more positive institutional experience have better outcomes upon release than youth treated more harshly in juvenile institutions. This fact sheet from the National Juvenile Justice Network presents the findings and policy implications from the Pathways to Desistance study. The study is a large, multi-site project that follows a sample of youth (n=1,300) ages 14-18 for 7 years after their conviction for a serious offense. The findings from the study have several implications for policy: policies about program eligibility or placement should not be based on criteria related to a youth’s current offense; substance abuse services both within the community and within institutions should be increased for youth who commit serious offenses; youth who commit serious offenses should be placed in juvenile institutions less frequently and for shorter lengths of time; and States should promote policies, procedures, and assessment tools to ensure that youth in juvenile institutions are receiving services that most closely match their needs. 13 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness
Index Term(s): Deterrence effectiveness ; Corrections effectiveness ; Inmate drug treatment ; Sentence effectiveness ; Juvenile Recidivism ; Juvenile day treatment services ; Juvenile probation effectiveness ; Juvenile drug treatment ; Juvenile recidivism prediction ; Recidivism causes ; Treatment effectiveness
Sponsoring Agency: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
United States of America

William T. Grant Foundation
United States of America

Pennsylvania Cmssn on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
United States of America

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
US Dept of Justice
United States of America

National Institute on Drug Abuse
United States of America

Arizona Cmssn on Juvenile Justice
Office of the Attorney General
United States of America
Sale Source: National Juvenile Justice Network
1319 F.St. NW
Suite 402
Washington, DC 20004
United States of America
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Country: United States of America
Language: English
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