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  NCJ Number: NCJ 196668   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Barrett Juvenile Correctional Center: Is it Effective? A Comparison of Youth Released From a Residential Substance Abuse Treatment Center to Youth at a Traditional Juvenile Correctional Center, Final Report
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Jill A. Gordon Ph.D.
  Corporate Author: Virginia Commonwealth University
United States of America
  Date Published: 08/2002
  Page Count: 65
  Annotation: This study assessed the impact of the substance abuse treatment program of Virginia's Barrett Juvenile Correctional Center (BJCC) on the recidivism of youth released from the program.
  Abstract: The BJCC provides a highly structured therapeutic community that focuses on behavioral change and accountability for behavior. The treatment provided is grounded in behavioral and social learning concepts and includes anger management, life-skills development, substance education, relapse prevention, behavioral management issues, and individual and group counseling. The Correctional Program Assessment Inventory (CPAI) was administered at BJCC and Hanover Juvenile Correctional Center (a traditional institution without a therapeutic community) in order to assess the current state of treatment provided to the juvenile residents. The CPAI reveals how closely a program adheres to the principles of effective intervention that have been found to be associated with the outcome for offenders when released. The CPAI score for Barrett was "very satisfactory," and for Hanover it was "satisfactory, but needs improvement." In order to develop treatment and comparison groups, juveniles released from BJCC were matched with similar juveniles selected from those detained at Hanover. This process yielded 412 experimental youth and 406 comparison youth who were released between July 1, 1998, and June 30, 2000. Findings showed significant bivariate relationships among most outcome measures that pertained to variation in the number of recidivism incidents. When controlling for variations in individual characteristics, the BJCC youth still had fewer reconvictions than those detained at the traditional detention center. Barrett youth, however, had a higher number of substance-use incidents reported by the parole officer and a higher number of substance-related charges relative to the comparison youth. Most youth, regardless of institutional placement, were involved with the criminal justice system at least one time upon release. There was a significant difference in outcome between the Barrett program completers and non-completers, with the program completers having fewer reconvictions. Recommendations for program improvement are offered in the areas of standardized assessment instruments and the system of phases toward release. 5 tables and 32 references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile drug treatment
  Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional facilities ; Treatment/Therapeutic Community ; Juvenile drug abusers ; Treatment techniques ; Treatment effectiveness ; NIJ final report ; Virginia
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 99-RT-VX-K024
  Sale Source: Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23211
United States of America

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  Type: Program/Project Evaluation
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
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