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DJJ Should Better Identify At-Risk Youth, Use Proven Prevention Models, and Revise Funding Practices, Report No. 08-07, February 2008
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  • The Department of Juvenile Justice uses high crime zip codes and risk factors to identify youth in need of prevention services.  However, its methodology for determining which zip codes relate to a rate of high crime is not optimal and the risk factors need to be updated to reflect more current evidence-based research.  The department also does not require all providers to serve youth with multiple risk factors, who are at highest risk for delinquency.
  • The Legislature should update program requirements to reflect current research on effective prevention models.  The department should then require prevention providers to use these proven interventions and to serve youth with risk factors addressed by their program model.
  • The department tracks recidivism but not other outcomes related to the prevention services it provides, such as education.   The department should track and assess outcomes related to each program’s service delivery model in addition to tracking delinquency referrals.
  • The program’s system for funding prevention grants for no more than three years hinders developing long-term programs that maximize positive outcomes. 
  • Interagency efforts to address delinquency prevention are limited and should be pursued.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Prevention and Victim Services

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 09-01 DJJ Should Monitor Network and PACE Administrative Services and Revise Policies to Serve Appropriate Youth, published in January 2009.
  • Report No. 08-56 DJJ Should Use Evidence-Based Practices to Address Juvenile Gang Involvement, published in October 2008
  • Report No. 04-47 Progress Report: DJJ Prevention Makes Progress; More Analysis and Contract Monitoring Needed, published in July 2004.
  • Report No. 02-62 Justification Review: Prevention and Victim Services Program Department of Juvenile Justice, published in November 2002.
  • Report No. 98-63 Follow-up Report on Prevention Programs Administered by the Department of Juvenile Justice, published in February 1999.
  • Report No. 96-35 Policy Review of Prevention Programs of the Department of Juvenile Justice, published on January 21, 1997.

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