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RAND Criminal Justice conducted a randomized experimental evaluation of the South Oxnard Challenge Project (SOCP), a collaborative project between county, city and private non-profit agencies based on the Corrections of Place (COP) model. The project targets youth who live in South Oxnard or Port Hueneme, are between 12 and 18 years old, have a citation or violation of probation, and score at least 12 points on a risk assessment instrument. Although SOCP staff had more contacts with youth and offered more services to youth and families, SOCP and comparison youth showed similar outcomes on alcohol and drug use, restitution payments, community service, school, and recidivism. Approximately half of study youth had no new arrests leading to a referral. SOCP and comparison youth were similar during the intervention in terms of the percent of referrals/arrests, sustained petitions/convictions (adult), and juvenile and adult commitments.

Table of Contents

  • Chapter I

    Introduction

  • Chapter II

    Background: Program Need and Program Design

  • Chapter III

    Description of the Program

  • Chapter IV

    Hypothesis Testing

  • Chapter V

    Hypothesis Testing Results

  • Chapter VI

    Six-Month, Twelve-Month, and Eighteen-Month Follow-Ups

  • Chapter VII

    Process Evaluation Activities and Findings

  • Chapter VIII

    Conclusion

  • Chapter IX

    Recommendations

  • Appendix

    South Oxnard Challenge Project Risk Assessment

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