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Title: Treatment and Reintegration of Violent Juvenile Offenders: Experimental Results
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:7  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1990)  Pages:233-263
Author(s): J A Fagan
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 31
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 85-MU-AX-C001
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study presents the findings of the Violent Juvenile Offender program which tested an experimental dispositional option for the treatment and reintegration of violent juvenile offenders. Its goal was to determine whether correctional interventions could address public safety while providing remedial services to the most serious offenders in the juvenile justice system.
Abstract: The Violent Juvenile Offender (VJO) Program was an experiment to test correctional interventions for chronically violent juvenile offenders. Programs in four sites tested an intervention model with four central elements: reintegration, case management, social learning processes, and phased program of reentry from secure facilities to intensive supervision in the community. Recidivism and social outcomes of participants were compared with those of youths randomly assigned to mainstream juvenile corrections programs. Implementation of the experimental intervention varied by site and results suggest that treatment should be measured as a vector with several dimensions. Failure rates and arrest rates for VJO youths were lower than those for control youths in two sites with strong implementation. Reintegration and transition strategies should be the focus of correctional policy rather than lengthy confinement in State training schools with minimal supervision upon release. 7 tables, 6 notes, and 75 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile reintegration
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional programs; Recidivism; Social reintegration; Violent juvenile offenders
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