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NCJ Number: 66949 Find in a Library
Title: LOUISVILLE/JEFFERSON COUNTY (KY) - JUVENILE RESTITUTION PROJECT - A PRELIMINARY EVALUATION
Author(s): ANON
Corporate Author: Kentucky Dept for Human Services
Office of Research and Planning
United States of America
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 27
Sponsoring Agency: Kentucky Dept for Human Services

National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
US Dept of Justice
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 78-ED-AX-0119
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: THIS REPORT PROVIDES A PRELIMINARY EVALUATION OF A JUVENILE RESTITUTION PROGRAM ESTABLISHED IN JEFFERSON COUNTY, KY., IN 1979 AND FUNDED BY LEAA.
Abstract: PROGRAM GOALS ARE TO INVOLVE 400 YOUTHS PER YEAR TO PROVIDE PARTIAL REDRESS FOR VICTIMS OF JUVENILE CRIME, TO DEMONSTRATE THE FEASIBILITY OF RESTITUTION, TO DEVELOP AN INCREASED SENSE OF RESPONSIBILITY IN YOUTHS, TO INCREASE CONFIDENCE IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM, AND TO REDUCE COMMITMENTS AND RECIDIVISM. THE EVALUATION WAS BASED ON EXAMINATION OF THE PROGRAM'S GOALS AND OBJECTIVES AND THE EXTENT TO WHICH THEY WERE MET BY SEPTEMBER 30, 1979. THE POPULATION STUDIED INCLUDED YOUTHS ADMITTED TO THE PROJECT FROM MARCH 1, 1979, THROUGH SEPTEMBER 30, 1979. DURING THIS PERIOD 76 VICTIMS RECEIVED COMPENSATION AND 7 VICTIMS RECEIVED SYMBOLIC RESTITUTION. ALL VICTIMS SURVEYED FELT THAT THE PROGRAM SHOULD CONTINUE. OVER 90 PERCENT OF THE 71 YOUTHS INVOLVED IN THE PROGRAM FINISHED IT SUCCESSFULLY. AVERAGE AGE OF THOSE IN THE PROGRAM WAS 15.9 YEARS. ALL THE YOUTHS WERE MALES. THREE-FIFTHS WERE WHITE AND TWO-FIFTHS BLACK. MOST WERE FIRST AND SECOND OFFENDERS. BURGLARY WAS THE MOST COMMON OFFENSE. AVERAGE LENGTH OF STAY IN THE PROGRAM WAS 2.5 MONTHS. TOTAL RESTITUTION PAID WAS $6,595 AND 430 HOURS OF VOLUNTEER SERVICE. AVERAGE RESTITUTION ORDERED WAS $198. THE PROGRAM HAS SUCCEEDED IN PROVIDING PARTIAL REDRESS FOR VICTIMS OF JUVENILE CRIME AND HAS ENHANCED THE IMAGE OF THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM. NEVERTHELESS, IT HAS FAILED TO ATTAIN ITS PROJECTED NUMBER OF PARTICIPANTS. DATA ON RECIDIVISM ARE NOT YET AVAILABLE. TO OBTAIN MORE REFERRALS, JUDGES, PROSECUTORS, AND COURT ASSESSMENT WORKERS SHOULD BE KEPT INFORMED OF THE PROGRAM. A CONTINUOUS AND POSITIVE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN RESTITUTION STAFF AND ASSESSMENT STAFF SHOULD BE FOSTERED. PROVISION OF VOLUNTEER PROBATION OFFICERS TO EACH YOUTH IN THE PROGRAM MIGHT HELP YOUTHS INTERNALIZE MORE POSITIVE VALUES OVER A LONGER TIME PERIOD. A FOOTNOTE AND TABLES ARE INCLUDED. (CFW)
Index Term(s): Evaluation; Kentucky; Program evaluation; Restitution programs; Victim compensation; Victims of juvenile crime
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