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Title Evaluating the Impact of Alternative Placement Programs for Juveniles in a Southwestern State, 1983-1995 [electronic resource] : [United States] / Michael Fendrich.
Imprint Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2002.


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Edition ICPSR version.
Series ICPSR ; 2991.
ICPSR (Series) ; 2991.
Note Title from ICPSR DDI metadata of 2004-10-30.
AVAILABLE. This study is freely available to the general public.
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1 data file + machine-readable documentation (PDF) + SAS data definition statements + SPSS data definition statements.
Mode of access: Intranet.
United States Department of Justice. NationalInstitute of Justice. 95-IJ-CX-0108.
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Data source: Administrative records data were gathered from the state youth commission, the state Department of Public Safety, and the state Department of Corrections. Survey data were collected from each youth's parole officer at the time of first commitment.
Universe: All juveniles who had been committed by a county court to the juvenile corrections program in a southwestern state between January 1, 1983, and July 1, 1983.
Subject Alternatives to institutionalization.
Correctional facilities (juveniles)
Institutionalization (persons)
Juvenile detention.
Juvenile offenders.
Juvenile recidivists.
Program evaluation.
United States.
Contents Part 1: Data File.
Summary This study addressed the question of whether alternative correctional programs were more effective than traditional training schools in reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders. Alternative programs were defined as halfway homes, group homes, foster homes, ranches, camping programs, and specialized vocational programs, while training schools were defined as secure, restrictive custody programs in institutional settings. The goal of this study was to assess the impact of alternative program placements versus training school for a 12-year period on 266 juvenile delinquents remanded to youth facilities in a southwestern state in 1983. Subjects chosen for the study were 298 youth who had been committed by a county court to a statewide juvenile corrections program between January 1, 1983, and July 1, 1983. The sample was representative of the youth commission's population of juvenile offenders in terms of age, race, and sex. All were first time commitments, and the original commitment offense for a majority of the youth was a nonviolent property crime, such as burglary or theft. From this original sample, 32 juveniles were eliminated from the study because they were not adequately exposed to either an institutional or alternative program. The final sample consisted of 266 juvenile offenders, of which 164 were placed in institutions and 102 were placed in alternative programs. Youth were not randomly assigned to programs. Juveniles with particular characteristics were automatically assigned to certain types of programs. All violent offenders were placed in institutions. The study was designed to include a lengthy follow-up period, a focus on subject by program interaction effects, and the use of survival analysis to examine the timing of recidivism as well as its incidence. Recidivism was defined as the first arrest or parole revocation that took place within the follow... Cf.:
Other Author Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research.