An evaluation of the Nokomis Challenge Program in Michigan

by Elizabeth Deschenes, Peter W. Greenwood, John L. Adams


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The Nokomis Challenge Program is an innovative correctional program, run by the Michigan Department of Social Services (DSS), which combines 3 months of residence and programming in a remote wilderness setting with 9 months of intensive community-based aftercare. RAND is evaluating the impact of the Nokomis program under grants from the National Institute of Justice and DSS. This article describes the various elements of the Nokomis program and presents data on the characteristics of youth in the experimental and comparison samples.

Originally published in: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice, v. 9, no. 2, May 1993, pp. 146-167.

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