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NCJ Number: 119919 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of Three In-home Alternatives to State Commitment for Juvenile Delinquents
Author(s): W H Barton; J A Butts
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 45
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study presents the major findings from a five-year evaluation of three home-based, intensive supervision programs created as alternatives to State commitment for juvenile delinquents, in terms of program activities, recidivism rates, and comparative costs.
Abstract: More than 500 juveniles were randomly assigned to the in-home programs or to a control group of State wards. The in-home programs retained about one-half of their cases in the community until successful termination at one-third the cost of commitment. The experimental and control groups showed little difference on recidivism outcomes measures two years after assignment. More charges had been filed against the in-home program participants, however this difference disappeared after controlling for amount of time "at large," while the average seriousness of the charges was higher in the control group. On measures of self-reported delinquency, the in-home program cases reported a greater decrease in violent crimes. The authors conclude that in-home programs are a cost-effective and viable alternative for many youthful offenders. 2 figures, 13 tables, 39 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Community-based corrections (juvenile)
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Juvenile recidivism statistics
Note: Paper presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, November 1988
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