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Performance Audit of Community Control Administered by the Department of Juvenile Justice , Report No. 95-01, July 1995
 
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  • Community Control is serving many youth who, according to Department of Juvenile Justice criteria, could be diverted to non-judicial programs. In our sample of case files, 54% of the youth in the Program had low risk scores and could have been diverted from the judicial system. A similar problem was identified by the Auditor General's audit report No. 12293 (dated May 10, 1994), which found that the state's primary diversion program, the Juvenile Alternative Services Program, was not being used to divert youth from Community Control.
  • Juvenile Justice case managers may not be performing the key activities needed to adequately supervise youth on Community Control. Many of the case files in our sample lacked documentation that case managers had
    • Developed plans outlining the steps youth must take to comply with court- ordered terms and conditions;
    • Actively monitored youth's behavior by going out to their homes, schools, or other community settings and by communicating with their family members, teachers, or other key individuals; or
    • Routinely reassessed youth and modified case management activities accordingly.

    As a result, case managers may not know whether youth are completing court-ordered terms and conditions. In addition, they may not be focusing their efforts on youth who pose the highest risks to the community. Tailoring case management to each youth is important because not all delinquent youth exhibit the same problems or threats to the community, and in a system of limited resources, it is unnecessary and wasteful to treat all youth the same.


Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Probation and Community Intervention

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 02-17 Justification Review: Most Delinquents Sent to Community Supervision; Program Could Improve, published in March 2002.
  • Report No. 97-10 Follow-up Report on the Aftercare Program Administered by the Department of Juvenile Justice, published in October 1997.
  • Report No. 97-07 Follow-up Report on the Community Control Program Administered by the Department of Juvenile Justice, published in September 1997.
  • Report No. 95-38 Review of the Administration of Aftercare by the Department of Juvenile Justice, published in February 1996.

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