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NCJ Number: 119915 Find in a Library
Title: Intensive Probation in Wayne County: An Alternative to State Commitment for Juvenile Delinquents
Author(s): W H Barton; J A Butts
Corporate Author: University of Michigan
Institute for Social Research
United States of America
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 188
Sponsoring Agency: University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Type: Program Description (Model)
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: According to this study, intensive probation has proven to be a valuable alternative to the juvenile court system in Wayne County (Michigan).
Abstract: In order to reduce the volume of delinquent youths committed to the State, three in-home, intensive probation programs were designed to provide a cost-effective alternative to commitment. A randomized design was employed to assign equivalent groups of youths to each program and to a control group of State wards. While following these cases for two years, several interviews were conducted with youths, parents, and program staff, and information was collected from court and program records. Findings indicate that though intensive probation youths were more likely to reappear in court, the charges were less serious than those filed against the control group youths. Also, it was found that the programs were cost-effective and that commitments had been reduced. Recommendations include improving court processing and enhancing program effectiveness. 91 references, appendix.
Main Term(s): Intensive probation
Index Term(s): Intensive supervision programs; Juvenile probation effectiveness; Michigan
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