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NCJ Number: 81763 Find in a Library
Title: Todd-Wadena Counties (Minnesota) Community Concern for Youth Summary Report
Author(s): T J Blank
Corporate Author: Minnesota Crime Control Planning Board
Research and Evaluation Unit
(See Minnesota Criminal Justice Program, Research
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 14
Sponsoring Agency: Minnesota Crime Control Planning Board

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
Document: PDF
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The Todd-Wadena Counties Community Concern for Youth, a juvenile delinquency prevention and diversion program in north central Minnesota, is described.
Abstract: To help reduce delinquency petitions in Todd and Wadena counties, the Community Concern for Youth program provides services as an alternative to a court appearance for youth charged with delinquency acts and other youth considered by parents or their schools to need counseling. The program provides counseling to these youth and their parents. The program also diverts youth to other programs that may better serve their needs. Services provided by the program include long-term and short-term counseling, recreation services, and school advocacy. From January 1, 1977, through June 15, 1979, the average time spent helping a client was 19 hours, while the average cost per client-hour of project service was $33. The average cost per client was $420. Most of the clients (98.9 percent) during this time were white and were referred to the program by the police, school, parents, and other community agents. Reasons for the referrals ranged from the commission of a property crime or drug offense to problems with the school and the client's family. The goal of the program has been to limit to less than 20 percent of the proportion of previous clients referred to juvenile court within 6 months after program completion. As of August 15, 1979, only 20 of the 193 clients (10.4 percent) for whom followup data are available has been referred to juvenile court. Tabular data are provided. (Author summary modified)
Index Term(s): Counseling; Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile delinquency prevention; Minnesota
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