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NCJ Number: 76587 Find in a Library
Title: Delinquency Prevention Programs - Reality or Illusion? (From the National Conference on Juvenile Justice - 8th, 1981 - See NCJ-76585)
Author(s): B A Krisberg; J Austin
Date Published: 1981
Sponsoring Agency: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Reno, NV 89507
Sale Source: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
P.O. Box 8970
Reno, NV 89507
United States of America
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Delinquency Prevention Through Youth Services program and a Salt Lake City project for measuring the effectiveness of the juvenile court in delinquency prevention are discussed at the 1981 National Conference on Juvenile Justice.
Abstract: The research director of the National Council on Crime and Delinquency explains that the delinquency prevention program has spent over $20 million to support private, nonprofit youth agencies which deliver a variety of youth services across the country. A program evaluation has shown that the program is not effective. Underfunded, ill-planned, traditional services are provided to low-income youth who have not exhibited delinquent behavior. The program has had no impact on current offenders, and no evidence exists that delinquency has been prevented. The agencies have no experience in handling hardcore delinquents, and their directors often do not have a clear idea of what delinquency is. Also, courts, schools, and police are often not aware that these services are being offered. A senior research associate of the council explains that four levels of court-initiated delinquency prevention efforts are being examined for effectiveness in the Salt Lake City project; probation without supervision or services, supervised probation without service, supervised probation with services, and institutional placement. The city's judges requested the study determine which youths benefit the most from each level of supervision and treatment. A table of contents is included.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Juvenile courts; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Juvenile probation; Program evaluation; Utah; Workshops and seminars
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