Aug 8, 2018
California's Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act provides funds for counties to offer evidence-based programs for high-need juvenile probationers and at-risk youths. This report evaluates the program on statewide and county measures. It also compares system costs for program youths in the six months before and after entering a program.
California's Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act was designed to provide a stable funding source for juvenile programs that have proven effective in curbing crime among at-risk and young offenders. It provides funds to counties to add evidence-based programs and services for juvenile probationers identified with higher needs for special services than those identified for routine probationers, at-risk youths who have not entered the probation system but who live or attend school in areas of high crime or who have other factors that potentially predispose them to criminal activities, and youths in juvenile halls and camps. The California state legislature requires the Board of State and Community Corrections to submit annual reports evaluating the program on six outcome measures: (1) successful completion of probation, (2) arrests, (3) probation violations, (4) incarcerations, (5) successful completion of restitution, and (6) successful completion of community service. Each county can also measure supplemental outcomes. The report also compares juvenile justice system costs for program youths in the six months before they entered a program and in the six months after entering the program. For the six state-mandated outcomes, differences between program participants and comparison-group youths are mostly positive, though relatively small. County-developed supplemental outcomes, which measure performance of program participants at program entry and again later, are more favorable.
Background and Methodology
Current JJCPA Programs and FY 2014–2015 Outcome Measures
Estimated Juvenile Justice Costs for JJCPA Participants
Summary and Conclusions
Comparison Groups and Reference Periods for JJCPA Programs
Probation's Ranking of the Big Six Outcome Measures
Community-Based Organizations That Contracted to Provide Services for JJCPA Programs in FY 2014–2015
Board of State and Community Corrections–Mandated and Supplemental Outcomes for Individual JJCPA Programs, FY 2014–2015
Board of State and Community Corrections–Mandated Outcomes, by Gender
Board of State and Community Corrections–Mandated Outcomes, by Cluster
Probation's Form for Measuring Family Relations
Probation's Form for Assessing Probationer Strengths and Risks
Probation's Form for Assessing Goal-Setting and Life Planning for At-Risk Youths