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NCJ Number: 80093 Find in a Library
Title: Juvenile Restitution Program - Final Report
Corporate Author: Trident United Way
United States of America
Project Director: M Hofford
Date Published: 1981
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Trident United Way
Charleston, SC 29403
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-DF-AX-0219
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report describes the activities of the Juvenile Restitution Program (JRP) in Charleston, S.C., along with the impact of the program on the community and the court system.
Abstract: Begun under a 2-year LEAA grant in September 1978, JRP has several goals: (1) to reduce the number of incarcerated youth in the county by providing a community service restitution alternative to traditional sentencing for juvenile property offenders, (2) to reduce the recidivism of successful program participants, (3) to increase community confidence in the juvenile justice process, (4) to provide supplemental manpower for community service agencies through a youth volunteer workforce, and (5) to evaluate the impact of the JRP over the 2-year funding period. As part of an impact evaluation, a group of 56 JRP clients was matched with 56 non-JRP juvenile delinquents. Each case was matched by age, race, type of offense, and approximate date petitioned. The cases were tracked through family court records for the same amount of time. The JRP group was found to have a slightly greater incidence of criminal involvement prior to the recidivism study; however, court records showed 18 percent of the JRP group with a subsequent arrest, while the regular probationers had a 30-percent recidivism rate. In measuring the impact of the JRP on incarceration, it was found that between fiscal year 1979 and fiscal year 1980, incarceration rates for Charleston County decreased 29 percent, while they decreased 12 percent for the rest of the State. Additional time and more accurate data are needed to be certain about the extent to which the JRP has reduced incarceration. Tabular data are provided.
Index Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile); Juvenile restitution; Restitution programs
Note: Report number 9.
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