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ERIC Number: ED361644
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Nov-11
Pages: 75
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Reducing Recidivism in Juvenile Offenders: Project About Face's Educational Impact.
Petry, John R.; And Others
Project About Face is a joint effort of the Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court, Youth Services, Inc., the Naval Air Station at Millington, Correctional Counseling, Inc., and the Bureau of Educational Research Services at Memphis State University. The project's goal is to implement a correctional education and training program that reduces juvenile recidivism rates. Participants (male juvenile offenders) spend 8 weeks in the residential phase (involving structured living, counseling, and academics) and attend counseling groups during 6 months of aftercare. All participants were administered the Stanford Achievement Test at the beginning and end of the program's residential phase. Physical conditioning was assessed at the same intervals. The Life Purpose Questionnaire, the Short Sensation-Seeking Scale, the MacAndrew Test, and the Defining Issues Test were administered three times. All educational and physical variables have increased significantly. About 72 percent of all participants in Groups 1-11 (N=162) satisfactorily completed the program. About 50 percent of all participants either committed subsequent offenses or violated program conditions. The short-term recidivism rate for participants satisfactorily discharged out of the program for 6 months was 25.8 percent. When participants did recidivate, they were charged with less severe offenses than preprogram offenses. Program assessment continues. Included are an abstract, a list of 19 references, and four appendices containing group schedules, a charge-severity index, data logs, and test results by group. (MLH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee (Memphis)