Context and Goals
The impetus for adopting the IAP model was strikingly similar across sites. They were all operating in a political environment charged with increasing concerns about serious offenders and, as a result, their correctional policy
and operations had been subject to close scrutiny. Each site was experiencing institutional crowding in its juvenile facilities. Each knew, or believed, that recidivism and reincarceration rates were high for parolees (thereby exacerbating the crowding problem). Each felt that juvenile parole was a neglected component of its correctional interventions. The introduction of IAP presented an opportunity for the sites to focus attention on a particularly problematic offender population and to do so with the help of Federal funding and expert technical assistance.
The sites also had very similar goals for the IAP project, which reflected those of the national IAP model. Although there was some variation across sites in the specifics of the goal statements, each site focused on the need to reduce recidivism and reconfinement among high-risk parolees.