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Title: Unlocking Juvenile Corrections: Evaluating the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services -- Final Report
Author(s): P A Steele; J Austin; B Krisberg
Corporate Author: Carter Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 170
Sponsoring Agency: Carter Ctr
Atlanta, GA 30307
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
New York, NY 10177
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: After describing the structure of the Massachusetts Department of Youth Services (DYS), this study traces the outcomes for 819 youth placed under DYS jurisdiction in the 1980's to determine recidivism and cost.
Abstract: The DYS uses criteria designed to institutionalize only serious juvenile offenders and provide a variety of community-based alternatives for other offenders. This study describes the organizational structure of DYS, portraying how the community-based system operates. The study of the 819 youth focuses on their demographic characteristics, record of offending, placement history in various types of programs, recidivism, and the cost of various DYS programs. Findings show a 50-percent reduction in the number of offenses committed in the 12 months prior to commitment compared to the first 12-month post period. Although the chronic and violent offenders continue to commit offenses similar to their pre-commitment offenses, there are dramatic declines in the commitment rearraignment rates. Although the majority of youth will be rearraigned while under DYS care, most will be for minor offenses. There is a clear pattern of involvement in less serious crimes after participation in DYS programs. DYS has lower recidivism rates than youths from other juvenile corrections systems. DYS operates in a cost-effective manner that balances fiscal concerns with public safety. 46 tables, 40 references.
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile)
Index Term(s): Deinstitutionalization; Juvenile Corrections/Detention; Massachusetts
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