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Title: Final Evaluation Report: Violence Intervention Probation Service (VIPS)
Author(s): H R Cellini
Corporate Author: Training and Research Institute (TRI)
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
New Mexico Dept of Public Safety
Sante Fe, NM 87504
Training and Research Institute (TRI)
Albuquerque, NM 87109
Sale Source: New Mexico Dept of Public Safety
P.O. Box 1628
Sante Fe, NM 87504
United States of America
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Violence Intervention Probation Services (VIPS), a New Mexico program for juvenile offenders funded through the New Mexico Department of Public Safety with Department of Justice funds, was evaluated with respect to the effectiveness of the program components and the outcomes of participating group and a matched group of juvenile offenders not in the program.
Abstract: VIPS had three components: (1) an intensive probation program; (2) an educational component consisting of a 3- month intensive curriculum in conflict management, problemsolving, and drug education for juvenile offenders and their parents; and (3) group counseling sessions focusing on reducing juveniles' anger levels while encouraging pro-social behaviors. The analysis revealed that the program has produced a very modest impact on the numbers of youth committed to State juvenile institutions. No significant differences occurred in either the rate of new offenses or the seriousness of subsequent referrals among the VIPS and non-VIPS youths. Participating in and completing group counseling sessions and avoiding drug use during the program seemed to be the best predictors of successfully completing the VIPS obligation. Findings indicated the desirability of including the VIPS option for all youths for whom institutional commitment would otherwise be considered and assessing all potential clients to determine whether their anger levels are high enough and their anger management levels are low enough to justify program intervention. Additional recommendations and figures
Main Term(s): Grants or contracts
Index Term(s): Byrne program evaluation; Federal aid; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile probation effectiveness; Juvenile rehabilitation; New Mexico; Violence prevention
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