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Title: Juvenile Diversion - When Practice Matches Theory
Journal: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency  Volume:21  Issue:1  Dated:(February 1984)  Pages:33-56
Author(s): D W Osgood; H F Weichselbaum
Date Published: 1984
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Grant Number: 77-NI-99-0011; 77-JN-99-0009; 78-JN-AX-0037
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Research has shown that most juvenile diversion programs are precluded from reaching their goals of reducing coercion, social control, and stigma because they serve populations that are not, in fact, diverted from the justice system. The present study addressed the issue of whether properly implemented diversion programs would meet these goals.
Abstract: The question was examined in terms of service providers' and clients' views about diversion and justice programs. The study included samples from nine diversion programs and associated justice agencies. Findings for both service providers and clients were quite consistent across sites in demonstrating that diversion programs do constitute a true alternative to services from justice agencies. The study also compared the views of clients to those of service providers. It was found that clients considered diversion programs more oriented to coercion and social control and less oriented to serving clients' needs. On the other hand, clients believed that service providers held more positive views about clients than was actually the case. The findings indicate that labeling processes differ among alternative societal responses to deviance, but also that youths may not be very sensitive to the negative opinions others hold about them. The import of the study for social policy is that diversion programs hold considerable promise for reducing coercion, social control, and perhaps stigman, if problems of implementation can be overcome. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Diversion programs; Juvenile court diversion; Program evaluation
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