ERIC Number: ED484683
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Mar
Implementation and Outcome Evaluation of the Intensive Aftercare Program. Final Report
Wiebush, Richard G.; Wagner, Dennis; McNulty, Betsie; Wang, Yanqing; Le, Thao N.
US Department of Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention?s (OJJDP?s) intensive community based aftercare research and demonstration project known as the Intensive Aftercare Program (IAP) has become widely recognized as one of the most promising recent innovations in juvenile justice. The project has called attention to an area that traditionally has received short shrift from policymakers and practitioners alike: how best to ensure successful transition and reintegration of high risk juvenile offenders into the community. Interest in IAP has been particularly keen. It has been the major initiative in aftercare programming during the past decade and has received considerable attention in the field. It has the potential to address a critical problem facing the nation?s juvenile justice system: how to effectively intervene with high risk incarcerated juvenile offenders who in the past have demonstrated high recidivism rates and continued their offending patterns into their adult years. This Report presents the findings from a 5 year evaluation of the implementation and outcomes of the IAP model in three jurisdictions: (1) the Denver metropolitan area in Colorado; (2) Clark County (Las Vegas), NV; and (3) the City of Norfolk, VA. The evaluation, which was conducted by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency (NCCD), sought to answer these basic questions: (1) to what extent was the model implemented as designed and (2) what impact did the programs have on the subsequent behavior of participants?
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Sponsor: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Justice Programs.