ERIC Number: ED254767
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Oct
Reference Count: N/A
Impact of Youth Rehabilitation Programs. Research Report.
Geizer, Bernard P., Ed.
To assess the educational and employment experiences of youths after exposure to New York's Division for Youth (DFY) rehabilitation services, the incidence of criminal recidivism, and the extent to which program exposure (secure/noncommunity, or community-based) affects youths' post-program, criminal, educational, and employment experiences, 771 program participants were studied. Information was gathered on the youth's background characteristics, their criminal recidivism rates (incidence of arrests and convictions, and most serious arrest), and their educational achievement (high school degree or general equivalency degree--GED) after leaving DFY programs. Analysis of results showed that 51.8 percent of the youths were arrested after leaving DFY; of those, 78.4 percent were arrested for a felony. The overall conviction rate was 30.4 percent. Using periods of post-DFY employment as a measure of success, only 25.4 percent of the youths were never employed. A high school diploma or GED was obtained by 16 percent of the youths. Youths with similar background characteristics had similar post-program criminal, employment, and educational histories regardless of the type of program in which they had been placed. This finding indicates the need for evaluation of current policies to avoid continuation of a service model which the evidence suggests is not working. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New York State Legislative Commission on Expenditure Review, Albany.
Identifiers - Location: New York