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 December 31, 2004
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.