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NCJ Number: 201807 Find in a Library
Title: Evaluation of the RYSE Program: Alameda County Probation Department
Corporate Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
United States of America
Date Published: December 14, 2001
Page Count: 83
Sponsoring Agency: Alameda Cty Probation Dept
San Leandro, CA 94578
National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Oakland, CA 94612
Sale Source: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
1970 Broadway, Suite 500
Oakland, CA 94612
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents the findings of an evaluation of Alameda County's (California) Reaffirming Young Sister's Excellence (RYSE) program, whose primary goal was to prevent girls whose cases had been adjudicated within the county juvenile court from returning to the juvenile justice system or entering the adult criminal justice system.
Abstract: A corollary goal was to promote the development of the girls' social, academic, and vocation competencies, so they could sustain crime-free and economically secure lifestyles. In addition, the program sought to end the intergenerational cycle of family fragmentation and delinquency through the provision of family-focused services, since a significant number of girls in the juvenile justice system were already pregnant and/or parenting. The program included supervision as well as treatment interventions that sought to reduce participants' rate of arrest; increase the completion of probation, restitution, and community-service requirements; improve school performance; improve scores on the major CASI subscales; and reduce recidivism and the level of offending. The evaluation of the program consisted of a process evaluation, an impact evaluation, and a cost-effectiveness analysis. The evaluation found that the gender-specific continuum of intervention was more effective than traditional probation in achieving compliance with probation conditions, restitution, and community-service requirements. The continuum was also effective in terms of beginning the process of addressing the risk factors that contribute to delinquent and criminal behavior. The program was more effective in reducing the delinquent behaviors of girls who were on probation for at least 1 year. Although there was no demonstrated effect of the interventions on rearrest and recidivism, the severity of reoffending was less for the girls in the program. Recidivism was most likely for girls who had poor school attendance and performance, had significant histories of sexual and/or physical victimization and abuse, and who used/abused drugs. Ongoing programs and interventions that target these risk factors could have improved the effectiveness of the program. Detailed recommendations for improving the program are offered. 26 notes, 37 references, and extensive tables and figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention
Index Term(s): California; Female juvenile delinquents; Juvenile Recidivism; Juvenile rehabilitation; Recidivism causes
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