ERIC Number: ED445131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Jul
Implementation of the Intensive Community-Based Aftercare Program. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Wiebush, Richard G.; McNulty, Betsie; Le, Thao
Effective aftercare interventions are the key to preventing recidivism among juvenile offenders. In 1987, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention established a research and demonstration program to develop, assess, and disseminate an intensive aftercare program targeted at these offenders. This program, the Intensive Aftercare Program (IAP), seeks to reduce recidivism among high-risk juvenile parolees by providing a continuum of supervision and service during institutionalization and after release. This Bulletin provides an overview of the IAP model and describes its implementation over the first 3 years by participating sites in Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia (A New Jersey project was dropped as a demonstration site). The Bulletin also assesses the extent to which the implementation has been successful and identifies the factors that facilitate implementation and those that impede it. Among the special services designed for IAP youth are structured life skills curricula, anger management training, peer group counseling, and family counseling. Evaluation of the IAP programs shows that the demonstration programs in Colorado, Nevada, and Virginia have implemented programs that reflect their program designs and the intent of the IAP model and have resulted in supervision and services for IAP youth that are quite different from those received by regular parolees. While implementation cannot be characterized as "complete" or problem-free in these three sites, the strengths of the programs in these states have outweighed the shortcomings. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.