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Redirection Program Achieves Lower Recidivism and a $14.4-Million Cost Savings Compared to DJJ Commitment, Report No. 08-41, June 2008
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Overall, the Redirection Program has operated at a lower cost than residential juvenile delinquency programs and has achieved better outcomes. Youth who successfully completed the Redirection Program were significantly less likely to be subsequently arrested for a felony or violent felony, adjudicated or convicted of any offense, or committed to a residential program or sentenced to prison after treatment than similar youth who successfully completed residential commitment. The Redirection Program has achieved $14.4-million cost savings for the state since it began three and one-half years ago. If the Legislature wishes to expand the program, options include
  • restoring funds cut in 2008 due to the state budget shortfall,
  • implementing intensive mental health services for some youth through the program,
  • using Redirection in underserved counties to provide transition and aftercare services and reduce length of stay in residential delinquency programs, and
  • using Redirection for juvenile sex offenders and/or gang members, which would be less expensive than residential commitment.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Services
Probation and Community Corrections
Prevention and Victim Services
Department of Juvenile Justice

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. 08-56 DJJ Should Use Evidence-Based Practices to Address Juvenile Gang Involvement, published in October 2008.
  • 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.

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