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Performance Audit of the Juvenile Alternative Services Program Administered by the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services , Report No. 12293, May 1994

  • The Juvenile Alternative Services Program (JASP) serves many youth whose offenses are not serious. JASP is intended to serve youth who would otherwise go to court and be placed on community control. In the three districts we visited, over three-fourths of the youth in JASP did not meet criteria for the Community Control Program. The majority were first-time misdemeanants. If JASP did not exist, these youth probably would not have gone to court or the Community Control Program.
  • Even when youth meet the criteria for JASP, their placement in the program by court action makes inefficient use of Department, state attorney, and judicial resources. Yet, in at least four of the Department's service districts, juvenile courts refer many youth to JASP. In one of the districts we examined, the majority of youth in JASP were referred by juvenile court.
  • State attorney staff often do not wait for or use the Department's recommendations when they decide how to handle youth charged with committing minor delinquency offenses. As a result, the time Department staff spend preparing the recommendations is of little value and may be an unnecessary use of state resources.

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