ERIC Number: ED387713
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
National Consortium on Alternatives for Youth at Risk, Inc., Sarasota, FL.
PayBack is a community service/restitution program that provides juvenile offenders an opportunity to be accountable for their delinquent behavior. The process required the delinquent to "pay back" the victim of an illegal act by the delinquent working with a designated business. This document outlines the PayBack program and discusses the program's effect on the following issues: (1) community betterment; (2) community partnership; (3) community support; (4) community visibility; (5) community recognition; (6) community bonding; and (7) recidivism. Juveniles who need to complete a community service obligation or make restitution to their victims are placed in public and nonprofit agencies in the community. Donated monies are used to pay juvenile salaries in instances where restitution is required. Youth are matched individually (based on proximity, interests, offense, age, skills, agency needs, and schedule availability) with community service sites. Sixty percent of juveniles referred to the program are under 16 years of age; 84 percent of the program participants are males. Currently 90 percent of juveniles who are placed in work sites complete their community service and restitution obligations. (SR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Consortium on Alternatives for Youth at Risk, Inc., Sarasota, FL.