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Review of the Department of Juvenile Justice Residential Commitment Services, Report No. 96-48, February 1997
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  • Distinctions among Department of Juvenile Justice commitment levels are unclear; there is often little or no difference from one level to the next in security measures or treatment services. There is also considerable overlap in the criminal histories of the youth whom judges assign to each level. Despite these similarities, there is much variation in the daily rates the Department pays program providers.
  • Program reconfiguration is needed. To enhance treatment, more commitment programs should serve only special populations such as youth with serious mental disabilities and sex offenders.
  • Creating a "tune-up" program for youth who violate community control but have not committed new crimes could save taxpayers over $6┬ámillion per year.
  • An improved level system could reduce program costs and place youth more quickly and efficiently.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Residential Commitment

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 98-75 Follow-up Report on Department of Juvenile Justice Residential Commitment Services, published in March 1999

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