One More Chance

The Pursuit of Promising Intervention Strategies for Chronic Juvenile Offenders

by Peter W. Greenwood, Franklin Zimring


Download eBook for Free

FormatFile SizeNotes
PDF file 4.7 MB

Use Adobe Acrobat Reader version 10 or higher for the best experience.


Purchase Print Copy

 FormatList Price Price
Add to Cart Paperback100 pages $25.00 $20.00 20% Web Discount

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.

This report is part of the RAND Corporation Report series. The report was a product of the RAND Corporation from 1948 to 1993 that represented the principal publication documenting and transmitting RAND's major research findings and final research.

This document and trademark(s) contained herein are protected by law. This representation of RAND intellectual property is provided for noncommercial use only. Unauthorized posting of this publication online is prohibited; linking directly to this product page is encouraged. Permission is required from RAND to reproduce, or reuse in another form, any of its research documents for commercial purposes. For information on reprint and reuse permissions, please visit

The RAND Corporation is a nonprofit institution that helps improve policy and decisionmaking through research and analysis. RAND's publications do not necessarily reflect the opinions of its research clients and sponsors.