skip navigation


Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.


NCJ Number: 98591 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Organizational Characteristics of Restitution Programs on Short-Term Performance Indicators
Author(s): P R Schneider
Corporate Author: Institute of Policy Analysis
United States of America
Date Published: 1983
Page Count: 28
Sponsoring Agency: Institute of Policy Analysis
Eugene, OR 97401
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
US Securities and Exchange Cmssn
Washington, DC 20549-2736
Grant Number: 77-NI-99-0005; 79-NJ-AX-0009; 82-JS-AX-0025
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This paper isolates the organizational characteristics of a number of juvenile offender restitution programs and assesses the impact of those characteristics on program performance.
Abstract: All of the 85 programs included in this study were funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention as part of the National Juvenile Restitution Initiative. Three indicators of short-term client performance were selected to assess the impact, if any, of the choices made by the organizers of the programs. These indicators are (1) successful completion of restitution, (2) proportion of monetary restitution order paid or community service requirement worked, and (3) in-program offense rate. Options available to restitution project planners are identified as those available for siting the project and for arriving at the restitution requirements, those available in formulating a restitution plan for the offender, and those available for supervising the referrals and imposing sanctions in lieu of compliance with the restitution order. The evidence presented strongly suggests that while particular models of restitution projects -- defined as mixes of organizational components -- have some impact on the success of clients in those programs, the effect is, in most instances slight. These findings should not be taken to mean, however, that offenders in restitution programs with essentially no organization may succeed at the same high level as those referred to projects in the Juvenile Restitution Initiative. Tabular data and 10 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Juvenile court diversion; Juvenile restitution; Organization studies; Restitution programs
To cite this abstract, use the following link:

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.