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  NCJ Number: NCJ 242936   Add to Shopping cart   Find in a Library
  Title: Bulletin 6: Changing Lives: Prevention and Intervention to Reduce Serious Offending (Study Group on the Transitions Between Juvenile Delinquency and Adult Crime)
  Document URL: PDF 
  Dataset URL: DATASET 1
  Author(s): Brandon C. Welsh ; Mark W. Lipsey ; Frederick P. Rivara ; J. David Hawkins ; Steve Aos ; Meghan E. Peel ; David Petechuk
  Date Published: 07/2013
  Page Count: 56
  Annotation: This final bulletin of the series of six bulletins on the findings from the National Institute of Justice Study Group on the Transitions From Juvenile Delinquency and Adult Crime (the “Study Group”) reviews effective prevention and intervention programs intended to reduce serious offending in early adulthood.
  Abstract: Five conclusions are drawn about the literature reviewed. First, there is a paucity of high-quality evaluations of programs that have measured the impact on offending in early adulthood. Second, there are some promising signs that early prevention programs can produce lasting effects on offending. Third, there are some promising signs that family-based interventions for adjudicated delinquents that operate outside the juvenile justice system can reduce offending in early adulthood. Fourth, evidence on intervention modalities used with both juvenile and adult offenders indicates their effects are substantially similar. Fifth, there are a number of evidence-based programs for juvenile and young adult offenders that can produce monetary benefits that exceed costs. The focus of the literature review is on the highest quality research studies, i.e., randomized experiments and non-randomized quasi-experiments that establish equivalence between groups. Also included are the most rigorous research reviews, i.e., systematic and meta-analytic reviews. Inclusion of evaluation studies was restricted to those with a sample size of no less than 50 individuals and an outcome measure of criminal offending. Three other criteria were used in the selection of studies. First, the programs implemented during the later juvenile years (ages 15-17) measured their impact on offending in early adulthood (ages 18-29). Second, the programs implemented in early adulthood measured their impact on offending up to age 29. Third, the programs implemented in early childhood measured the impact on offending in early adulthood. Following program summaries, a separate section of the bulletin considers the benefits and costs of selected evidence-based programs. 1 table and approximately 100 references
  Main Term(s): Juvenile to adult criminal careers
  Index Term(s): Young adult offenders ; Research uses in policymaking ; Juvenile offenders ; Treatment techniques ; Crime prevention planning ; Effectiveness of crime prevention programs ; Treatment effectiveness ; NIJ final report
  Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
  Grant Number: 2008-IJ-CX-K402
  Sale Source: NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research) ; Report (Grant Sponsored) ; Literature Review
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
  Note: For other bulletins in this series, see NCJ-242931-35.
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