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Program Performance Inventory: Six Juvenile Offender Programs.

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This report describes the performance of 6 Connecticut juvenile justice alternative sanction programs in 14 qualitative areas: community reintegration; outcomes and evaluation; assessment methods; risk factors; escalation of criminal activity; family involvement; community involvement; work ethic and vocational training; education and life skills; school enrollment; community service; supervision in the community; diversity of client needs; and use of current research. This program performance inventory was developed in response to Public Act 00-172, which requested a cost-benefit evaluation of programs serving juvenile offenders. Data were collected in early 2001 through interviews, document reviews, program observations, and focus groups. Programs had several delivery approaches in common, despite differences in clientele and program time-intensity, including a strong emphasis on life skills training and group interaction, frequent group recreation activities and group discussions, and individual service plans primarily emphasizing client behavioral goals. Challenges and services gaps the programs had in common included too few resources expended on reintegration and after-care once clients exited the program; little or no follow up to track progress; difficulty with family involvement; and lack of attention to clients' mental health needs. Three appendices present Statute Public Act 00-172 and revised criteria and charts of program statistics and critical issues. (SM)

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Author:Thomalla, Terri Groff; Dougherty, Victoria J.
Publication:ERIC: Reports
Date:Jun 12, 2001
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