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NCJ Number: 34014 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Title: DECENTRALIZED DELINQUENCY SERVICES IN MICHIGAN DIFFERENTIAL PLACEMENT AND ITS IMPACT ON PROGRAM EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS
Author(s): L MAX; T DOWNS
Corporate Author: Michigan Dept of Social Services
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 177
Sponsoring Agency: Michigan Dept of Social Services
Lansing, MI 48926
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: 192
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: IN THIS EVALUATION, THE CONCEPT OF DECENTRALIZED DELINQUENCY SERVICES AND PLANNED DIFFERENTIAL PLACEMENT ARE ANALYZED TO DETERMINE THE EXTENT AND EFFECTIVENESS OF THEIR APPLICATION IN THE DECENTRALIZATION PROJECT.
Abstract: A DESCRIPTION OF THE WAYNE COUNTY DECENTRALIZATION PROJECT INTAKE PROCEDURES, COMMUNITY SERVICES, AND INSTITUTIONAL SERVICES IS FIRST PROVIDED. THE REPORT EXAMINES THE WAYNE COUNTY SYSTEM OF DECENTRALIZED YOUTH SERVICES AT EACH LEVEL OF THE SYSTEM. THE CHARACTERISTICS OF THE DELINQUENT YOUTH POPULATION ARE ASSESSED, WITH PARTICULAR EMPHASIS ON THE INTERACTION OF CLIENT VARIABLES. THE INTAKE AND PLACEMENT PROCESS IS THEN EXAMINED, AND THE EFFECT OF INTAKE AND PLACEMENT ON THE PLANNED DIFFERENTIAL PLACEMENT PROCESS IS REVIEWED. IT WAS FOUND THAT DIFFERENTIAL PLACEMENT IS INDEED TAKING PLACE, AND THAT THIS HAS RESULTED IN THE DIVERSION OF STATE WARDS FROM INSTITUTIONS. GOAL ATTAINMENT OF THE COMMUNITY RESIDENTIAL FACILITIES, THE ATTENTION CENTERS (NON-RESIDENTIAL PROGRAM CENTERS) AND INSTITUTIONS IS THEN ASSESSED. FINALLY, AN ANALYSIS OF THE RELATIVE EFFECTIVENESS AND RELATIVE COST-EFFECTIVENESS OF COMMUNITY AND INSTITUTIONAL SERVICES IS PRESENTED FOR CATEGORIES OF YOUTH ALIGNED BY CRITICAL DEMOGRAPHIC AND OFFENSE CHARACTERISTICS. EFFECTIVENESS AND COST-EFFECTIVENESS ARE EXAMINED AT THE THIRD AND SIXTH MONTH AFTER PLACEMENT. THE AUTHORS CONCLUDE THAT FOR MOST YOUTHS, COMMUNITY PLACEMENT IS AT LEAST AS EFFECTIVE AS INCARCERATION AS A SHORT-RUN DETERRENT TO RECIDIVISM AND THAT DIFFERENTIAL TREATMENT, SUCH AS IT EXISTS, IS A VIABLE CONCEPT. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
Index Term(s): Cost effectiveness analysis; Effectiveness; Juvenile court intake; Juvenile justice system; Juvenile offender classification; Juvenile treatment methods; Michigan; Program evaluation; Treatment offender matching
Note: STUDIES IN WELFARE POLICY NO. 4
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