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Title: Juvenile Justice: DOJ is Enhancing Information on Effective Programs, but Could Better Assess the Utility of This Information
Corporate Author: US Government Accountability Office
United States of America
Date Published: December 2009
Page Count: 66
Sponsoring Agency: Azimuth Inc.
Fairmont, WV 26554
US Government Accountability Office
Washington, DC 20548
Publication Number: GAO-10-125
Sale Source: Azimuth Inc.
1000 Technology Drive, Suite 3120
Fairmont, WV 26554
United States of America
Document: PDF|PDF
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report reviews juvenile reentry and substance abuse program research and efforts by the U.S. Department of Justices, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide information on effective programs and cost-beneficial programs.
Abstract: The majority of the juvenile justice reentry and substance abuse experts the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) interviewed cited evidence that shows cognitive behavioral therapy and family therapy programs are effective and cost beneficial when addressing reentry and substance abuse issues. However, most experts interviewed indicated that there was limited evidence on the effectiveness and cost benefits of reentry programs, such as aftercare and substance abuse programs. GAO reviewed two OJJDP efforts that provide information on effective programs on juvenile justice issues, the National Training and Technical Assistance Center (NTTAC) and the Model Programs Guide. Mechanisms are in place by OJJDP to regularly assess the utility of the information provided by NTTAC, but not the guide. OJJDP needs to better ensure the utility of the information disseminated by the Model Programs Guide. GAO recommends that OJJDP develop a cost-effective mechanism to regularly solicit and incorporate feedback from the juvenile justice field on the usefulness of information in the Model Programs Guide. The U.S. Department of Justice concurred with GAO's recommendation. As the juvenile justice field works to implement programs to lower juvenile recidivism rates and address juvenile substance abuse, it is important that the field has information about which programs have been shown to be effective through program evaluations. Tables
Main Term(s): Juvenile delinquency research
Index Term(s): Cost effectiveness analysis; Cost/Benefit Analysis; Exemplary programs; Juvenile drug use; Juvenile reintegration; Model programs; National programs; Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP); Social reintegration
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