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NCJ Number: 136665 Find in a Library
Title: Use of Juvenile Probation Urinalysis Programs as a Deterrent
Journal: Journal of Offender Monitoring  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(Spring 1992)  Pages:3-4,6,24
Author(s): J M Signorino; W D Brenner
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Juvenile Probation Department of Erie County (Pa.) established a modified urinalysis program in March 1987 to detect drug abuse among juvenile probationers and thus to break down denial and facilitate confrontation, accountability, and rehabilitation.
Abstract: The program aimed to overcome three problems in the existing program: the reporting of false negatives, the slow turnaround time to receive drug test results, and the numerous links in the chain of custody. Statistics from 1990 showed a 51.6 percent decline in positive tests for cannabinoid and a 62.4 percent reduction in overall positive results. The results indicated that the testing, coupled with the sanctions and accountability functions imposed on juvenile offenders, has served as a deterrent to substance abuse. Tables
Main Term(s): Drug testing; Urinalysis
Index Term(s): Deterrence effectiveness; Juvenile drug abusers; Juvenile probation; Pennsylvania
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