ERIC Number: ED223925
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
National Evaluation of Diversion Projects. Executive Summary.
Dunford, Franklyn W.; And Others
In 1976 the Special Emphasis branch of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention made $10 million available for the development of 11 diversion programs. A national evaluation of these programs was promoted in the hope of better understanding the viability of diversion as an alternative to traditional practices. The impact of diversion services on youth in four programs was assessed, and there was evidence that the programs did reduce the penetration of youth through the justice system. Programs were less coercive, less controlling and more oriented to meeting clients' needs than justice agencies. Programs as implemented were a good match to original guidelines. However, diversion disposition was no more successful at avoiding stigma, improving social adjustment, or reducing delinquent behavior than justice processing or release. (JAC)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Cost Effectiveness, Delinquency Prevention, Delinquent Rehabilitation, Delivery Systems, Evaluation Methods, Formative Evaluation, Intervention, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Research Methodology, Secondary Education, Youth Problems
NCJRS, Department F, Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20850.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Dept. of Justice/LEAA), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Diversion (Judicial); Juvenile Justice System
Note: Prepared by Behavior Research Institute.