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ERIC Number: EJ1103537
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0276-8739
Reading for Life and Adolescent Re-Arrest: Evaluating a Unique Juvenile Diversion Program
Seroczynski, A. D.; Evans, William N.; Jobst, Amy D.; Horvath, Luke; Carozza, Giuliana
Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, v35 n3 p662-682 Sum 2016
We present results of an evaluation of Reading for Life (RFL), a diversion program for nonviolent juvenile offenders in a medium-sized Midwestern county. The unique program uses philosophical virtue theory, works of literature, and small mentoring groups to foster moral development in juvenile offenders. Participants were randomly assigned to RFL treatment or a comparison program of community service. The RFL program generated large and statistically significant drops in future arrests. The program was particularly successful at reducing the recidivism of more serious offenses and for those groups with the highest propensity for future offenses.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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