ERIC Number: ED255779
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Project Jericho Evaluation Report. Final Report.
The effectiveness of Project Jericho, a 1-year program designed to improve the parole success rate of male California Youth Authority wards living in group homes, was assessed. Each group home had a resource developer who helped parolees find jobs, enroll in school or training, and establish links to the community. Jericho parolees (N=53) were compared with other male Youth Authority parolees (N=53) on the basis of age, ethnicity, committing offense, and parole to the same area at the same time. Jericho parolees completed questionnaires, and official records provided information on parolees' background, prior records, institutional history, parole behavior, violations, parole outcome, and employment data. Jericho parolees showed significantly higher rates of employment than the comparison group. More Jericho wards enrolled in college while more comparison wards were enrolled in high schools. Jericho parolees did not have lower rates of recidivism than comparison wards; Jericho cases had more arrests and more undesirable official dispositions than comparison cases. The major achievement of Project Jericho was to improve the rate of employment for parolees, although this did not bring about fewer criminal activities. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquent Prevention (Dept. of Justice), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: California State Dept. of the Youth Authority, Sacramento.
Identifiers: California; Parolees; Project Jericho CA