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Intensive Diversion Unit - An Evaluation (From Criminal Justice Research, 1980, P 101-124, Barbara R Price and Phyllis J Baunach, ed. - See NCJ-75119)

NCJ Number
E J Latessa
Date Published
24 pages
The effects of an intensive diversion probation program on participant commitment and recidivism rates were investigated during an evaluatory study.
Program effects were examined in 58 incarceration-diverted offenders placed on probation through the Lucas County, Ohio Adult Probation Department. This group was matched by race, sex, and risk classification with a group receiving regular treatment. The offenders in the diversion program had a lower employment rate and a worse criminal history than those in the regular program. The diversion program featured behavioral contracts and a high ratio (85 percent) of face-to-face contacts. The recidivism rate for program participants was 8.6 percent compared to 6.9 percent in the regular program. In addition, 8.6 percent of the diverted offenders were classified as absconders, while 3.4 percent of the regular program participants left the program. The diversion group had a total of 12 felony arrests compared to 17 in the regular group; however, a larger portion of these arrests among diversion participants ended in conviction. There were no differences between the groups in the severity of criminal behavior. The diversion program resulted in considerable cost savings over incarceration, and was successful in reducing participant unemployment. Twenty references and tabular data are included.