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Redirection as Effective as Residential Delinquency Programs, Achieved Substantial Cost Avoidance, Report No. 06-34, March 2006
 
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  • Although it experienced several start-up challenges, the Redirection program is generally performing as directed and has met its contract performance measures.  The pilot sites also successfully involved judges, state attorneys, and public defenders, as well as youth and their families.
  • Preliminary results indicate that the Redirection pilots are as effective as residential programs in reducing subsequent arrests and operate at a considerably lower cost.  The initial pilot counties, Dade, Broward, and Escambia, experienced a significantly greater reduction in commitments for non-law violations of probation than other counties.  Redirection appears to have achieved a $2 million cost savings for the state in its first year of operation. 
  • While youth on electronic monitoring were somewhat less likely to commit a new crime while they were being monitored, this effect was not statistically significant. 
  • Judges and prosecutors in the original pilot counties recommend expanding the Redirection eligibility criteria to include appropriate youth who are being committed to residential programs for misdemeanors and some violent offenses.  If 245 additional youth were diverted from residential commitment to Redirection, the state could save an additional $2.3 million.

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. 10-38 Redirection Saves $51.2 Million and Continues to Reduce Recidivism,published in April 2010.
  • Report No. 09-27 Redirection Saves $36.4 Million and Avoids $5.2 Million in Recommitment and Prison Costs,published in May 2009.
  • Report No. 08-41 Redirection Program Achieves Lower Recidivism and a $14.4-Million Cost Savings Compared to DJJ Commitment, published in June 2008.
  • Report No. 07-10 Redirection Pilots Meet and Exceed Residential Commitment Outcomes; $5.8 Million Saved, published in February 2007.
  • Report No. 06-13 Effective Community Programs Could Reduce Commitments of Girls to Residential Programs, published in February 2006.
  • Report No. 05-46 OPPAGA Report: Qualifications, Screening, Salaries, and Training Affect Quality and Turnover of Juvenile Justice Employees, published in September 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.
  • Report No. 03-74 Information Brief: Juvenile Bed Tracking System Improves; Bed Vacancy Rates High for Some Programs, published in December 2003.

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