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NCJ Number: 200224 Find in a Library
Title: What Works With Young Offenders: Summarizing the Literature (From UNAFEI Annual Report for 2000 and Resource Material Series No. 59, P 83-99, 2002, -- See NCJ-200221)
Author(s): Alan W. Leschied Ph.D.
Date Published: October 2002
Page Count: 17
Sponsoring Agency: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders
Tokyo, Japan
Sale Source: United Nations Asia and Far East Institute for the Prevention of Crime and Treatment of Offenders
26-1 Harumi-Cho, Fuchu
Type: Literature Review
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: Japan
Annotation: This document provides a literature review on the assessment and treatment of young offenders.
Abstract: There has been an acknowledgement of the literature on what works for effective corrections and policy practices. This literature highlights the appropriate assessment strategies that increase the potential for interventions to be clinically relevant to factors that influence criminogenic risk. There has been an identification of contextual factors that can influence the probability that program innovation will be successfully introduced. These factors include leadership support for implementation, staff competence, and goal clarification for the reasons behind implementation. A multi-level systems analysis is necessary to fully understand the complexities of systems change. The four levels of analysis are an understanding of the needs of the client, program, agency, and society. Specific contextual factors influence successful implementation. Different factors influence successful community-based implementation versus residential-based implementation. Measures have been developed to monitor the degree of success in program implementation, including measures for treatment adherence and program compliance. Training and dissemination is considered the greatest challenge facing implementation in the corrections field. What could shape the next generation of corrections professionals is the challenge of communicating the knowledge on effective strategies to practitioners. The Internet and interactive communication technology are examples of methods in communicating that knowledge to those that make decisions both for policy and for practice. 32 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile treatment evaluation; Literature reviews
Index Term(s): Juvenile correctional programs; Juvenile Corrections/Detention Decisionmaking; Juvenile Corrections/Detention effectiveness; Juvenile Corrections/Detention staff training; Juvenile Corrections/Detention trends; Juvenile treatment methods
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