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Title: Juvenile Probation Programs Evaluated
Journal: On Good Authority  Volume:3  Issue:7  Dated:January 2000  Pages:1-4
Author(s): Karen S. Levy McCanna
Date Published: January 2000
Page Count: 4
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 96-DB-MU-0017; 97-DB-MU-0017
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper evaluates three juvenile probation programs in Illinois.
Abstract: The Center for Legal Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield evaluates the Christian County Extended Day Program, the Peoria County Anti-Gang and Drug Abuse Unit, and the Winnebago County Day Reporting and Assessment Centers. The Christian County program is designed to extend expanded probation supervision and services to minors and require their accountability. The Peoria County unit uses organized intervention methods to facilitate supervision and treatment alternatives for juvenile probationers involved in gang or drug-related activities. The Winnebago Day Reporting Center is an alternative to incarceration, providing educational, vocational, and other social programming. The Assessment Center is a holding facility for law enforcement to drop off arrested juveniles for processing. Evaluators recommended that programs: (1) encourage staff stability; (2) develop clear policies regarding sanctions associated with program violations; (3) examine additional ways to encourage, acknowledge, reward, and publicize positive behavior; and (4) examine mechanisms to encourage greater parental participation.
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Behavior modification; Illinois; Juvenile delinquent family relations; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile probation effectiveness; Juvenile/Youth Gangs; Parent and child education; Probation evaluation
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