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Pilot to Waive Fees for Delinquents Has Low Enrollment and Is Not Teaching Intended Skills, Report No. 08-58, October 2008
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  • As directed by the Legislature, the Department of Juvenile Justice established a pilot program in the 4th and 11th judicial circuits to waive parental fees for department supervision of delinquent youth if parents complete a designated parenting class. Because the pilot was not appropriated funding, DJJ selected vendors that already were operating classes with funding from other sources and were willing to include parents from the pilot at no cost to the parents or the department.
  • However, rather than teaching skills for parenting delinquents, as the Legislature intended, one course focuses on relationships and the other on marriage. Enrollment is low and there is little evidence that participation reduces recidivism of participants’ children.
  • The pilot is scheduled to end in June 2009. If the Legislature wishes to continue the program, we recommend that it direct DJJ to implement an evidence-based program that teaches specific skills for parenting delinquents and charge parents to participate, as authorized by law.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Prevention and Victim Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-34 Pilot to Waive Fees for Parents of Delinquents Should Focus More on Parenting Skills, published in August 2007.

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