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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. The project successfully implemented pieces of the COP model, but struggled with taking the entire theory into daily practice. Incorporating community and adequately addressing victim needs were problematic due to the focus of SOCP efforts on youth and family. In addition, SOCP staff were required to balance the conflicts between the Corrections of Place approach and the legal requirements of administering justice.

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