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Early KW, Chapman SF, Hand GA. J. Juv. Justice 2013; 2(2): 1-22.


(Copyright © 2013, In Public Domain (U.S. Department of Justice OJJDP), Publisher CSR)






Previous studies have evaluated the effects of community-based, family-focused juvenile probation services on recidivism. Many states are beginning to use such services as part of reentry programming for youth released from residential custody. Little is known, however, about whether these models effectively reduce rates of reoffending among youth transitioning from confinement. The current study used a quasi-experimental design to compare the family-focused Parenting with Love and LimitsTM (PLL) reentry services with standard aftercare offered through the St. Joseph County Probate Court in Indiana. We used intent-to-treat and protocol adherence analyses to evaluate recidivism outcomes. Youth released from PLL had lower rates of reoffending than those receiving standard aftercare, with statistically significant differences found for subsequent rates of juvenile readjudication. Effect sizes for the intervention ranged from -0.112 for rearrest to -0.221 for readjudication. Lengths of service were significantly shorter for the treatment sample than for the matched comparison group by an average of 2 months, suggesting that the intervention can serve more clients per year than standard aftercare while reducing costs associated with residential commitment.

FINDINGS have important implications for research and the implementation of juvenile reentry programs and strategies.

KEYWORDS: reentry interventions, juvenile offenders, family therapy, recidivism, "Parenting with Love and Limits" (tm), juvennile justice

Language: en


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