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Effective Community Programs Could Reduce Commitments of Girls to Residential Programs, Report No. 06-13, February 2006
 
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  • As juvenile crime in Florida has declined over the past 10 years, admissions to the state’s residential juvenile justice programs also have leveled off.  The number of girls admitted to residential programs peaked in 2000-01, and has gradually decreased since then.  However, in 2004-05, over half (52%) of girls admitted to residential programs were committed for misdemeanors and violations of probation.  Compared to boys, girls were admitted for less serious offenses and had fewer prior felonies.  Many girls in juvenile commitment programs had histories of physical abuse, sexual abuse, or neglect, as well as offenses and/or aggressive behavior related to domestic violence. 
  • Community-based programs could increase opportunities to address the family problems that underlie delinquency for many girls, and would cost less than residential placements.  There are several evidence-based program models that have been shown to be effective in reducing recidivism for girls that could be implemented or expanded in Florida.  Funding for such new programs would need to be shifted from residential programs over time to avoid disrupting existing placement options while the new programs are being established, but $1.7 million could be shifted from residential programs to establish evidence-based community programs for girls in Fiscal Year 2006‑07.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Juvenile Justice - Detention
Probation and Community Corrections
Prevention and Victim Services
Residential Correctional Facilities

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-10 Redirection Pilots Meet and Exceed Residential Commitment Outcomes; $5.8 Million Saved, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-34 Redirection as Effective as Residential Delinquency Programs, Achieved Substantial Cost Avoidance, published in March 2006.
  • Report No. 05-56 Gender-Specific Services for Delinquent Girls Vary Across Prevention, Detention, and Probation Programs, published in December 2005.
  • Report No. 05-13 OPPAGA Report: Gender-Specific Services for Delinquent Girls Vary Across Programs, But Help Reduce Recidivism, published in March 2005.
  • Report No. 03-76 Information Brief:  More Youth Are Admitted for Less Serious Offenses, in Part to Meet Treatment Needs, published in December 2003.

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