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ERIC Number: ED507548
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 66
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
Juvenile Justice: DOJ Is Enhancing Information on Effective Programs, But Could Better Assess the Utility of This Information. Report to the Chairman, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, Committee on the Judiciary, House of Representatives. GAO-10-125
Larence, Eileen R.
US Government Accountability Office
State juvenile justice systems face critical problems when it comes to juvenile delinquency issues such as reentry--when offenders return home from incarceration--and substance abuse. GAO was asked to review juvenile reentry and substance abuse program research and efforts by the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to provide information on effective programs (i.e., whether a program achieves its intended goal) and cost-beneficial programs (i.e., whether the benefits of programs exceeded their costs). This report addresses (1) expert opinion and available research on these types of reentry and substance abuse programs, (2) the extent to which OJJDP assesses its efforts to disseminate information on effective programs, and (3) OJJDP's plans to accomplish its research and evaluation goals. GAO, among other things, reviewed academic literature, and OJJDP's dissemination efforts and research goals. GAO also interviewed OJJDP officials and a nonprobability sample of 26 juvenile justice experts selected based on their experience with juvenile reentry and substance abuse issues. GAO recommends that OJJDP develop a cost-effective mechanism to regularly solicit and incorporate feedback from the juvenile justice field on the usefulness of information in the Model Programs Guide. DOJ concurred with GAO's recommendation. Appended are: (1) Juvenile Justice Reentry and Substance Abuse Experts We Interviewed; (2) Juvenile Justice Experts' Views on Factors That Can Help Programs Achieve Intended Outcomes; (3) OJJDP's Enacted Appropriations for Fiscal Years 2007 through 2009; (4) Juvenile Reentry and Substance Abuse Programs OJJDP Funded through Discretionary Grants; (5) Experts' Opinions of Reentry Programs That Lack Conclusive Evidence of Effectiveness; (6) Experts' Opinions of Substance Abuse Programs That Lack Conclusive Evidence of Effectiveness; (7) Additional OJJDP Efforts to Disseminate Information about Effective Juvenile Justice Programs; (8) Comments from the Department of Justice; and (9) GAO Contact and Staff Acknowledgments. (Contains 8 tables and 75 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: US Government Accountability Office