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NCJ Number: 82476 Find in a Library
Title: Synopsis of the Findings, Conclusions and Recommendations From the Evaluational Study of the Department's Youth Assistance Programs
Author(s): C H Nygard
Corporate Author: New York State Dept of Correctional Services
Division of Program Planning, Research and Evaluation
United States of Am
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 18
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
New York State Dept of Correctional Services
Albany, NY 12226
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: Findings and recommendations are presented from a process evaluation of New York State's Youth Assistance Programs (YAP), programs designed to impress upon juvenile delinquents the realities of prison life so as to deter them from serious crime.
Abstract: YAP offered at two State correctional facilities parallel the objectives of New Jersey's 'Scared Straight' program offered at Rahway Prison. A quasi-experimental evaluation of 'Scared Straight' indicated it had subsequent negative effects on program participants compared to controls. The findings of the Rahway evaluation led YAP to shift its emphasis from intimidation and fear-producing tactics to education of clients; however, efforts to camouflage the intimidation contained in the message conveyed to youth exposed to the program are unconvincing. Although placement and screening procedures attempt to screen out those youth who might be harmed by the program, these procedures lack precision and empirical evaluation. Post-exposure reinforcement and alternatives seem confused and uncoordinated. Overall, there is a lack of empirical information on program outcomes related to program processes interacting with client characteristics. Until evidence is provided on outcome and the contingencies affecting it, the public accountability of YAP will suffer.
Index Term(s): Juvenile delinquency prevention; New York; Program evaluation
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