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Title: New York State Juvenile Restitution Program
Author(s): H Cohen
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Description
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report concludes that the effectiveness of the State-level organization and administration of New York State's juvenile restitution program provides strong justification for the development and implementation of similar statewide programs.
Abstract: Based on laws dating from 1901, probation in New York State today remains a local function continuing under State supervision. The State Division of Probation reimburses 41.5 percent of local probation costs. Since the executive structure reorganization in the 1970'a, administrative responsibility for probation has been clarified through its placement in the executive branches of government. The State director of probation clearly has responsibility for general supervision of probation throughout the State. Restitution may be ordered by the court as a condition of probation, suspended judgment, or adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. Restitution was used sparingly until the Division of Probation's restitution demonstration program which began in 1979. The demonstration has been established in three sites, which vary in demographic characteristics. The Division of Probation has the main responsibility for the project's administration and management. Implementation issues requiring resolution have concerned contractual agreements, projected client population, work placement for juveniles, and third party payments. Now in its 19th month, the demonstration program has successfully achieved its goal of reducing placements and increasing the use of restitution. Public knowledge and confidence in the program have increased. Preliminary data indicate a low recidivism rate. The Probation Division hopes to institutionalize the program and replicate it throughout the State. Footnotes which include references are included.
Index Term(s): Community Service Restitution Program; Juvenile probation; Juvenile status offenders; New York; Program implementation; Restitution programs
Note: Paper presented at the Fourth Symposium on Restitution and Community Service Sentencing, Minneapolis, Minnesota, September 24-26, 1980.
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