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Title: Evaluation of the Deinstitutionalization of Status Offenders Project Through the System Rates Methodology
Author(s): R M Carter
Date Published: 1978
Page Count: 92
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
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Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper describes and critiques the use of system rates methodology to evaluate the national program for the deinstitutionalization of status offenders.
Abstract: The emphasis on the deinstitutionalization of status offenders under the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act of 1974 included the development of programs for status offenders that would divert them from institutionalization. The system rates methodology for evaluating this effort focuses on changes in the processing of status offenders during the period of the program's operation. As a methodology, system rates provides mathematical statements about justice system behavior. The methodology calls for a series of indexes constructed at decision points in the justice system. Under this evaluation methodology, the introduction of one or more diversion programs to a system chart should permit comparison of the new system with the old one. The system rates data for the program sites were examined both collectively and by individual sites without across-site consistencies being revealed. Findings show that system rates are responsive to and portray system changes. The methodology, however, cannot determine whether system changes are the product of deinstitutionalization activities or occurred due to other factors that operated during the time frame examined. Although changes may be documented in system portraits, explanations of these changes often are not obvious. 21 tables
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Alternatives to institutionalization; Case processing; Corrections; Evaluation criteria; Evaluation techniques; Juvenile status offenders; Police; Status offender deinstitutionalization
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