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NCJ Number: 119922 Find in a Library
Title: Ever Widening Net: System Adaptations to the Introduction of New Programs in a Juvenile Court
Author(s): W H Barton; J A Butts
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 23
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Despite the cost-effectiveness of several community-based alternatives to juvenile commitment introduced in a large urban area, State commitments did not decrease to the maximum extent because of adaptations in other areas of the system.
Abstract: The potential savings from the in-home programs were eroded when they were used, not as true alternatives to commitment, but as a way to "widen the net" of intervention. The authors suggest several factors contributed to the dilution of the intensive probation programs, including an increased propensity to commit cases, longer periods spent in the in-home programs, and more discretion in screening committed cases for diversion to the alternative programs. 1 figure, 5 tables, 13 references. (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Community-based corrections (juvenile)
Index Term(s): Cost analysis
Note: Presented at annual meeting of the American Society of Criminology, Chicago, November 1988
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