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NCJ Number: 98593 Find in a Library
Title: Restitution as an Alternative Disposition for Serious Juvenile Offenders
Author(s): P R Schneider
Corporate Author: Institute of Policy Analysis
United States of America

Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
United States of America
Date Published: 1982
Page Count: 20
Sponsoring Agency: Institute of Policy Analysis
Eugene, OR 97401
National Institute of Justice/
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Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE)
San Diego, CA 92120
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Washington, DC 20549-2736
Grant Number: 77-NI-99-0005; 79-NJ-AX-0009; 82-JS-AX-0025
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United States of America

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Document: PDF
Type: Program/Project Evaluation
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Using data collected in the national evaluation of the Juvenile Restitution Initiative, this study examines the restitution completion rate for serious juvenile offenders and the recidivism rate of serious juvenile offenders who complete restitution compared to serious offenders who received more traditional dispositions.
Abstract: In identifying serious juvenile offenders, the criteria used were the type of property offense and the extent of the monetary loss, as well as prior record. The performance of 4,032 serious offenders in restitution projects was examined. Recidivism rates for serious offenders in experimental and control groups were compared in five intensive evaluation sites: Oklahoma County, Okla.; Washington, D.C.; Dane County, Wis.; Ventura County, Calif.; and Ada County, Idaho. Recidivism was measured by official reports of delinquency at 6 and 12 months after the completion of sentences for the experimental and control groups. Serious juvenile offenders completed restitution orders at a rate slightly less than that for all offenders; however, their recidivism rate was greater than that of serious offenders who received traditional dispositions. The recidivism differences were consistent but not statistically significant. The positive view is that serious juvenile offenders can be expected to complete recidivism orders and compensate communities and victims for damage without posing a community threat significantly more serious than offenders receiving traditional dispositions that provide no compensation for damages. Tabular data and 15 references are provided.
Index Term(s): Juvenile restitution; Program evaluation; Recidivism; Serious juvenile offenders
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