March 2000
The Comprehensive Strategy: Lessons Learned From the Pilot Sites

Kathleen Coolbaugh and Cynthia J. Hansel


Overview of the Comprehensive Strategy

Overview of the Three Comprehensive Strategy Pilot Sites

Critical Success Factors

Challenges and Obstacles

Accomplishments and Outcomes


For Further Information


Points of view or opinions expressed in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of OJJDP or the U.S. Department of Justice.

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention is a component of the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Assistance, the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, and the Office for Victims of Crime.

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A Message From OJJDP

If we are to continue the recent down-turn in the rates of juvenile crime and violence that had been rising at a disturbing pace in the late 1980's and early 1990's, we need to implement a broad-based response that effectively addresses the diverse, multiple causes of delinquency.

Derived from extensive research, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's (OJJDP's) Comprehensive Strategy was developed to assist States and local communities in preventing at-risk youth from becoming serious, violent, and chronic juvenile offenders and in crafting an appropriate response to those who do.

After publishing its Comprehensive Strategy for Serious, Violent, and Chronic Juvenile Offenders in 1993, OJJDP tested and refined its prevention and graduated sanctions components over several years. In 1996, the Office assisted three communities (Duval and Lee Counties, FL, and San Diego County, CA) in applying its principles locally.

This Bulletin offers an overview of the Comprehensive Strategy, describes its implementation in the three pilot sites, and discusses the lessons learned in that process. It is our hope that this information will help you to address juvenile crime and violence in your own community.


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