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Title: Establishing a Continuum of Accountability-Based Sanctions for Juveniles: Allegheny County's Experience
Journal: NCJJ in Focus  Volume:1  Issue:2  Dated:Summer 1999  Pages:1-11
Author(s): Patrick Griffin
Date Published: 1999
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 95-JN-FX-K003
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes and presents evaluation findings for Allegheny County's (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Accountability-Based Community Intervention Project (ABC) for juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The ABC Project -- based on a grant received under the Federal Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders (1993) -- provides a calibrated continuum of intervention programs and a system of escalating sanctions within that continuum. The continuum includes immediate interventions for most first-time offenders, many minor repeat offenders, and some serious but nonviolent offenders. Intermediate sanctions are applied to juveniles who continue to offend following immediate interventions. Secure facilities are provided for the small minority of serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders who can neither be effectively treated nor held fully accountable without a period of incarceration. Aftercare programs provide treatment, supervision, monitoring, and transitional support for offenders returning to their old neighborhoods after out-of-home placements. Evaluation findings show that the ABC Project did not succeed in creating a "model" juvenile court services system. This was due largely to the failure to establish a state-of-the-art management information system and the failure of many local jurisdictions to accept the project's policies and objectives. 5 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile Corrections/Detention
Index Term(s): Accountability; Intermediate sanctions; Juvenile sentencing; OJJDP grant-related documents; Pennsylvania
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