Evaluating an Experimental Intensive Juvenile Probation Program

Supervision and Official Outcomes

Published in: Crime and Delinquency, v. 51, no. 1, Jan. 2005, p. 26-52

Posted on RAND.org on January 01, 2005

by Jodi Lane, Susan Turner, Terry Fain, Amber Sehgal

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In 1996, California provided funding to 14 county probation agencies to implement multiagency, comprehensive services to keep troubled youths from recommitting crime and progressing farther into the justice system. We report results of a randomized experiment used to evaluate Ventura County's 4-year demonstration project called the South Oxnard Challenge Project (SOCP). We followed youths for more than 2 years after random assignment to SOCP or routine probation. We found no significant differences between SOCP and routine juvenile probationers on recidivism or other official-record outcomes. Although most youths were rearrested, most did not receive a sustained petition or incarceration. The modest additional services did not affect outcomes.

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