One More Chance

The Pursuit of Promising Intervention Strategies for Chronic Juvenile Offenders

by Peter W. Greenwood, Franklin Zimring

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This report and its companion volume, The Juvenile Rehabilitation Reader, N-2236-OJJDP, are the result of a project to determine what avenues, if any, hold promise for rehabilitating or preventing chronic delinquents. The research methods include critical reviews of the prediction and treatment literature, observations of programs, interviews with practitioners and former chronic delinquents, statistical modeling, a review of relevant legal statutes and cases, and a historical analysis of how treatment concepts have developed. The findings suggest that future chronic offenders can be identified at about age 13; that preventive programming for high-risk youths who have not yet committed criminal acts must take place within the educational system or community; that promising programs include early education programs such as Headstart, parent training programs, and some educational programs; and that, for adjudicated delinquents, programs which substitute isolation in remote wilderness settings and physical challenges for traditional programs in secure settings show some promise.

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