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NCJ Number: 89133 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: Community Attention Program - An Alternative to Pre-Trial Incarceration
Corporate Author: New Orleans Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 72
Sponsoring Agency: Louisiana Cmssn on Law Enforcement and Administration of Criminal Justice
Baton Rouge, LA 708021-313
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New Orleans Mayor's Criminal Justice Coordinating Council
New Orleans, LA 70130
US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This evaluation considers the performance of a pretrial program of intensive home supervision for juveniles who would previously have been detained in secure facilities.
Abstract: Under New Orleans's Community Attention Program (CAP), youths admitted to the program are released from detention prior to trial under the close daily supervision of a community attention counselor. All program rules are contained in the contract signed by the youth, counselor, and parent/guardian. Evaluation data were obtained from participant case folders, program records, and quarterly statistical reports, and arrest information was secured from the police department. Evaluation covered operations from program inception in November 1981 through September 30, 1982. Of the 149 participants accepted during the evaluation period, 96 terminated 'successfully,' and 31 were still in the program. The remaining 22 were 'unsuccessful' (14.8 percent). The evaluators attempted to draw a sample group from juveniles who were not accepted by the CAP but whose detention hearing did not result in the final disposition of their case. Because the juvenile court did not grant access to its records, this could not be done. Thus, measuring the relative success of the CAP participants compared to nonparticipants regarding timely court appearance and reduced offenses while awaiting trial was impossible. The program's contact with clients appears to approximate that specified in the grant. Recommendations are offered for improving the measurement of CAP's performance effectiveness. Tabular data are appended.
Index Term(s): Home detention; Juvenile detention; Louisiana; Program evaluation
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